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Looking Back

May 1982

Step back in time to see what area movie theaters were presenting in May 1982. Film titles are linked to the Internet Movie Database.

For more information about these theaters, see Cinema Treasures or Water Winter Wonderland.


The final month of the Detroit Film Theatre's 1981-82 season included The Witness (1969), which Detroit News movie reviewer Susan Stark called "an airy, literate, exquisitely orchestrated comedy about life for the ordinary guy in Stalinist Hungary..." (May 13, 1982) The Detroit Institute of Arts and the French Embassy teamed up for a May 9-18 festival of new French films that included The Little Siren, whose director (Roger Andrieux) talked with the festival audience.

Other DFT foreign language films were Ingmar Bergman's Hour of the Wolf (1968, Sweden) and Jean Cocteau's Les Enfants Terribles (1950, France). Recent movies included This is Elvis (1981) and The Dark End of the Street (1981, U.S.). The Alfred Hitchcock tribute moved into the 1950s with The Paradine Case (1947), Stage Fright (1950), Strangers on a Train (1951), I Confess (1953) and Dial M for Murder (1954). The Afternoon Film Theatre's survey of post-World War II Japanese film included The Face of Another (1966), which came to the DFT on October 15, 2006.

Woody Allen was the Guest of Honor on the screen of the Michigan Theatre, with a weeklong tribute to his film career, from Casino Royale (1967) to Annie Hall (1977). The Leonardo da Vinci Film Festival included short historical films and complemented a da Vinci exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Bruce Lee fans got their kicks with a triple bill of Fists of Fury (1971), The Chinese Connection (1972) and Enter the Dragon (1973). And summer kicked off with a Memorial Day showing of The Sound of Music (1965).

It Happened One Night on May 1 at the Redford Theatre, as Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert battled their way to married happiness. On May 14 and 15, graceful melodies echoed through the auditorium in The Great Waltz (1938), starring two-time Oscar winner Luise Rainer and Fernand Gravet as Johann Strauss II. On May 22, Father Jim Miller blessed the Redford audience with his skillful playing of the Barton Theatre Organ.


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