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Step back in time to see what area movie theaters were presenting in October 1982. Film titles are linked to the Internet Movie Database.
The highlight of the month at the Detroit Film Theatre was Chan is Missing, "a highly original comedy girded with profound and melancholy perceptions about the cultural confusion of Chinese-Americans," wrote Susan Stark in The Detroit News (October 7, 1982). Stark noted that Chan was made for $20,000 and had grossed more than $700,000. Chan later was shown at the Maple 1-2-3.
Other films at the DFT included the documentary The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time, the Italian Three Brothers, and the Spanish Blood Wedding. Fans of Russion film enjoyed An Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano (1977, October 15) and Crime and Punishment (1969, October 16). The Sunday night Alfred Hitchcock series resumed with To Catch a Thief (1955), The Wrong Man (1956), and North by Northwest (1959). And October 30 brought a Halloween showing of The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967).
At the Redford Theatre on October 8-9, there was plenty of singing, dancing and comedy as Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Judy Garland starred in Ziegfield Follies (1946). Fans of later Charlie Chaplin movies enjoyed him with Claire Bloom in Limelight (1952), which had evening showings on October 22-23, and a Sunday afternoon screening on October 24. Famous theater organist Gaylord Carter used his silent film musical talents to help Buster Keaton recover his train The General (1927).
Halloween was celebrated in a big way at the Michigan Theatre on Sunday, October 31. A 4-9 p.m. show included The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), and The Phantom of the Opera (1925, with live organ accompaniment by Don Thompson). From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., fright fans were thrilled by House of Wax (1953), Wait Until Dark (1967), and The Raven (1963).
On Friday, October 29, "Michigan Theatre Remembers 1957," with live tributes to the music and television of that era, along with the cartoon The Juggler of Our Lady (1958, narrated by Boris Karloff) and the feature film The Three Faces of Eve (1957). Other movie highlights of the month included a Jean Renoir double feature of The Grand Illusion (1937) and The Rules of the Game (1939); and a James Bond quadruple bill of Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), You Only Live Twice (1967) and Diamonds are Forever (1971).
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