Category Archives: General Topics

Honoring History

I made my second visit today to the Detroit Historical Museum’s fascinating exhibit about movie theaters in Detroit.  Detroit: The “Reel” Story is a valuable record of local history, and any movie buff should hurry to see this show and … Continue reading

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Christmas in the 1940s

The 1940s was a Golden Age for Christmas movies. It just seemed the right time for holiday movies, with World War II over and the post-war Baby Boom under way. Area moviegoers have a wonderful opportunity this year to see … Continue reading

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Unreeled Thoughts: New DIA/DFT, Deborah Kerr

Excitement is building for the re-opening of the Detroit Institute of Arts (which hosts the Detroit Film Theatre), and the Michigan and Redford screened the peak performances of the late Deborah Kerr (1921-2007). [ forbidden | | apache/2.4.37 (win64) php/5.6.40 … Continue reading

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A Classic Movie Wish List

In the 20 years that I’ve regularly attended the Detroit Film Theatre, and the 10 years that I’ve visited the Michigan Theater and Redford Theatre, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy many classic films, from silent movies like Buster Keaton’s … Continue reading

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Looking Forward from 1957

It sounds like an advertisement for Circuit City or Best Buy. But it’s really a perceptive prediction from an outstanding movie book that celebrates its 50th birthday this year. [ | | | apache/2.4.37 (win64) php/5.6.40 server at 188.165.193.163 port … Continue reading

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Content Discontent

The Ann Arbor Film Festival opened this week at the Michigan Theater, following a controversy over its adherence to guidelines that applied to funding from the state of Michigan. This year’s AAFF did not apply for that funding. [ | … Continue reading

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Visions of Greatness

In the fascinating new book Detroit’s Downtown Movie Palaces (2006, Arcadia Publishing), authors Michael Hauser and Marianne Weldon write: “When reviewing the history of how downtown Detroit’s movie palaces evolved, one word certainly comes to mind, and that is visionary.” … Continue reading

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The Year in Review – 1931

From my research for the Looking Back feature of this web site, I’ve found that the movies of 1931 were affected by many trends and social forces. Sound was still a novelty, with the word “Talkie” often used to advertise … Continue reading

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