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Live acoustic guitar accents the 1934 Japanese silent film A Story of Floating Weeds at the DFT April 18.
The National Theatre in London broadcasts the dramatic War Horse at the Michigan on April 23.

Laugh your head off at Three Stooges comedies from the 1930s and 1940s at the Redford on April 25 and 26.

 

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September 1982

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

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


The Detroit Film Theatre has shown many films by French director Bertrand Tavernier (who appeared in person at the DFT in March 2003). His A Week's Vacation (1980) was described by Detroit News movie reviewer Susan Stark as "an unhurried, meditative and ultimately encouraging film" (Sept. 23, 1982). Another highlight of the DFT month was Smash Palace, "the first film from New Zealand to reach America." (Peter Ross, Detroit News, Sept. 9, 1982). Smash Palace later appeared at the Maple 1-2-3.

Other DFT attractions were the 16th International Tournee of Animation, Burden of Dreams, and The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960). The sci-fi series at the Afternoon Film Theatre of the Detroit Institute of Arts continued, with Tarantula (1955), Forbidden Planet (1956), The Monolith Monsters (1957), Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) and The Fly (1958).

The month at the Michigan started with a free evening of entertainment that included an organ concert, Johnny Appleseed (1948), Jack and the Beanstalk (1952), The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), and The War of the Worlds (1953). Also showing were films by Stanley Kubrick (the subject of a Fall 2007 series at the Michigan), like A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), and Dr. Strangelove (1964).

Double features at the Michigan included The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)/Allegro non Troppo (1977); Great Expectations (1946)/Nicholas Nickleby (1947); and (for returning University of Michigan students) The Graduate (1967) and The Paper Chase (1973).

At the Redford on Sept. 10 and 11, moviegoers hopped on a Carousel (1956) with Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae, and enjoyed memorable tunes by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein (like "If I Loved You" and "You'll Never Walk Alone"). The artistry and genius of Orson Welles was showcased on Sept. 24 and 25, in the innovative and compelling Citizen Kane (1941). On Sept. 18, theatre organist and pianist Harry Koenig made the melodies of the Barton Theatre Pipe Organ come alive.

The summer movie season of 1982 brought in a record $1.5 billion between Memorial Day and Labor Day, reported Susan Stark of the Detroit News on Sept. 17. The top blockbusters were E.T., Rocky III, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn.


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