Classic Cinema 2010

How is this for a solid and varied lineup of old movies for your local art/repertory film theater:

  • 8 1/2
  • Metropolis
  • Rashomon
  • Rear Window
  • Rules of the Game
  • Seven Samurai
  • White Christmas

Each of these films was shown at more than one Detroit Movie Palace in 2010.

Many famous directors of old movies also made stops at more than one theater this past year:

  • George Cukor (The Philadelphia Story, My Fair Lady)
  • Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, White Christmas)
  • Federico Fellini (8 1/2, Amarcord)
  • Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil)
  • Alfred Hitchcock, the only director with films at all three theaters (Blackmail, The 39 Steps, Rear Window)
  • John Huston (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The African Queen)
  • Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon, Seven Samurai)
  • F. W. Murnau (Nosferatu, The Last Laugh)

Then there were the classic movie release years that made multiple appearances, including Hollywood’s greatest year, 1939:

  • 1933 (El Compadre Mendoza, Flying Down to Rio)
  • 1939 (Dark Victory, Gone with the Wind, Rules of the Game, Wizard of Oz)
  • 1946 (It’s a Wonderful Life, The Postman Always Rings Twice)
  • 1948 (Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, The Bicycle Thief, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre)
  • 1950 (Harvey, Rashomon, Victims of Sin)
  • 1953 (It Came from Outer Space, M. Hulot’s Holiday)
  • 1954 (On the Waterfront, Rear Window, Seven Samurai, White Christmas)
  • 1959 (Black Orpheus, Pillow Talk, Rio Bravo, Some Like It Hot)
  • 1960 (Breathless, Spartacus, The Apartment)
  • 1962 (Gypsy, Knife in the Water, The Exterminating Angel, The Music Man, To Kill a Mockingbird)
  • 1963 (8 1/2, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World)
  • 1965 (Black Girl, Repulsion)
  • 1968 (2001: A Space Odyssey, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)

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