Category Archives: Documentaries

A Quarter Century

This past weekend marked 25 years since I first started attending movies at the Detroit Film Theatre. I first visited the DFT around August 1, 1988 for the German drama Wings of Desire. [ | | | ]

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Cinetopia Selections

A two-day program of silent films starring Mary Pickford might have seemed out of place among the many new movies at the Cinetopia International Film Festival, but guest speaker Christel Schmidt helped put things in perspective. [ 403 forbidden | … Continue reading

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Collecting Images

A double feature on the opening weekend of the Detroit Film Theatre’s Winter 2013 season helped me better understand and appreciate how images are combined to create film and film-like experiences. [ | | | ]

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Finding Expression

The printed word, the moving picture, the photograph, the sound of a voice—all modes of expression of reflections, feelings, observations. I experienced an exhilarating convergence of these forms of communication at the Detroit Film Theatre on November 9, 2012 as … Continue reading

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Journey to Cinetopia

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 … Continue reading

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Renewal

The 85th birthday is approaching for the Redford Theatre, the Michigan Theater, and the auditorium of the Detroit Institute of Arts that hosts the Detroit Film Theatre. All three theaters have taken on ambitious renewal projects that will make them … Continue reading

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Classic Cinema 2011

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 … Continue reading

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Other Worlds

A visit to the movies usually means about 90-120 minutes of a fictional story involving human beings playing characters other than themselves. I took a break from that routine on Saturday, October 1, 2011, when I took in a unique … Continue reading

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Animal Reflections

In what were advertised as documentaries about animals, quite a bit was communicated about human beings. That was what many people took away from the screenings of Buck and Nénette at the Michigan Theater on July 11, 2011. [ | … Continue reading

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DFT Documentaries

Before the screening of the documentary Mine at the Detroit Film Theatre on February 6, 2010, the film’s producer, Erin Essenmacher, said that she didn’t want to say much because she wanted the movie to speak for itself. [ on … Continue reading

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