Ann Arbor Film Festival Turns 50

March 29th, 2012

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Michigan Theater, March 29, 2012

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Immortality

March 13th, 2012

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The people involved in making films often achieve a kind of immortality. That is especially true for French director Jean Vigo, whose last feature film, L’Atalante, was screened at the Detroit Film Theatre on March 10, 2012 as part of the DFT 101 series.

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Selling Gone with the Wind

February 12th, 2012

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When Gone with the Wind screens at the Redford Theatre on March 2, 3, and 4, 2012, more than 70 years will have passed since it first appeared in Detroit movie theaters.

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Works of Art

January 31st, 2012

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Some film writers have said that motion pictures are paintings of time. After seeing The Mill and the Cross at the Detroit Film Theatre on January 28, 2012, I wondered if a major challenge of painting is to know how to stop time and capture the image of a moment.

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Movie Fans

January 8th, 2012

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As I watched the new film The Artist at the Michigan Theater on January 5, 2012, I wondered what I was watching. Was this a tribute to the silent film era, a satire or parody, or an attempt to work within the conventions of that era?

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Classic Cinema 2011

January 1st, 2012

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Many movie buffs consider 1939 to be Hollywood’s greatest year, with releases like Gone with the Wind, Stagecoach, and Wizard of Oz. But 1940 wasn’t too bad either, and in 2011, visitors to the Detroit Movie Palaces enjoyed some of the highlights of that release year.

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Dear Friend

December 20th, 2011

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Gentle waves of laughter rolled across the main floor of the Michigan Theater, in response to the delicate wit of the 1940 romantic comedy The Shop Around the Corner. Moviegoers watched James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan travel a rocky road to love on Sunday, December 18, 2011, in the latest movie in the Michigan’s Holiday Classic Film Series.

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A DIA Benefit

December 11th, 2011

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Membership in the Detroit Institute of Arts qualifies you for free admission to the current major exhibition Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus. It also gets you in free to the DFT 101 Saturday afternoon film series at the Detroit Film Theatre.

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Fifty Years Ago (1961)

November 12th, 2011

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During my Memorial Day weekend trip this year to the Cinevent Classic Film Convention in Columbus, Ohio, I picked up some old movie magazines from the 1960s.

These magazines included the April 1961 issue of Motion Picture, whose cover featured a loving picture of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Articles included “A Baby All Their Own?”, about Debbie Reynolds and her husband Harry Karl, who were raising Debbie’s children from her marriage to Eddie Fisher—Todd and Carrie (who grew up to stardom in the first Star Wars trilogy).

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Pop Goes the Culture

October 25th, 2011

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Popular culture is an important part of our lives. Something in an old movie or TV show might connect you with someone of your generation or maybe another. It might take you back to when you were younger. It might relate to something ordinary, like a funny event in your family that reminds you of The Brady Bunch.

The Michigan Theater and the Redford Theatre recently hosted personal appearances that demonstrated the emotional power of pop culture.

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