Tippi Now and Then

September 28th, 2012

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As Tippi Hedren stood on the Redford Theatre stage on September 28, 2012, an angle of light on her face gave me a glimpse of the younger Tippi whom I had just seen in the first half of the Redford’s screening of the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Birds.

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Powerful Illusion

September 16th, 2012

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For many years, my Christmas video watching included the 1937 French World War I drama Grand Illusion, which was directed by Jean Renoir. Towards its end, there is a poignant Christmas Eve scene that, for me, always added another dimension to the peaceful message and communal feeling of the season.

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Familiar Faces

September 9th, 2012

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For many people attending the Redford Theatre’s September 7, 2012 screening of the 1972 comedy What’s Up, Doc?, much of the fun came from seeing familiar faces from television shows and other movies.

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A Universal Picture

August 26th, 2012

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The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of one of the most famous studios in Hollywood history—Universal Pictures. This past month, the Detroit Movie Palaces screened some of the most important movies in Universal’s history.

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French National Cinema

August 18th, 2012

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Among the benefits of visiting the Detroit Film Theatre and the Michigan Theater are the new things that you learn about other countries. You can see how they differ from the United States in their language, geography, food, politics, and other areas.

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Classic Film Fest

July 16th, 2012

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A midsummer weekend turned into a cinematic journey through different eras, genres, and techniques when I visited the latest screenings in four classic movie programs on July 13, 14, and 15, 2012.

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As Time Goes By

June 30th, 2012

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For almost 70 years, the romantic drama Casablanca has endured as an audience favorite. Further proof of that appeal came on June 29 and 30, 2012 at the Redford Theatre.

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Journey to Cinetopia

June 2nd, 2012

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The energy of the inaugural Cinetopia International Film Festival was building to a high point at about 9 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012, as I listened to the final comments of Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of the famous silent film comedian Harold Lloyd.

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Sing-A-Long Grease

May 18th, 2012

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Grease was the word at the Redford Theatre on Friday, May 18, 2012, along with the rest of lyrics to the songs of the hit movie of that name from 1978. Hundreds of moviegoers lifted up their voices in song during a sing-a-long version of this modern classic starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

Redford Theatre, May 18, 2012

Redford Theatre, May 18, 2012

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A Second Look

May 10th, 2012

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As the French Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar came to its poignant and heart-stirring conclusion on May 10, 2012 at the Michigan Theater, I felt glad that I was seeing it as the K-12 school year neared its end.

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