Detroit Movie Palaces
Your Guide to Classic Movie Theater Filmgoing!
Detroit Film Theatre
Step back in time to see what area movie theaters were presenting in November 1981. Film titles are linked to the Internet Movie Database.
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The Detroit Film Theatre's showing of the 1977 Polish political film Man of Marble helped DFT moviegoers better understand the recent rise of the Solidarity labor movement in Poland. A DFT double bill of "Action and Suspense from Down Under" included the Australian films Mad Max (1979, with a young Mel Gibson) and Roadgames (1981). Saturday nights at the DFT included classics from Sweden (Persona, 1966), France (Children of Paradise, 1945) and Russia (October, 1927, with restored footage related to Leon Trotsky).
The DFT's tribute to Alfred Hitchcock continued, with The 39 Steps (1935), Secret Agent (1936), Sabotage (1936), Young and Innocent (1937) and The Lady Vanishes (1938). The afternoon film program in the Detroit Institute of Arts paid tribute to French director René Clair, with À Nous la Liberté (1931), Le Million (1931), The Ghost Goes West (1935) and The Flame of New Orleans (1941).
On November 13-15, the Redford added a Sunday afternoon showing of the 1967 musical Thoroughly Modern Millie (with Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Channing). The extra day helped business at the Christmas Bazaar of the Motor City Theatre Organ Society, which featured "Dozens of hand-crafted holiday treasuresperfect for the gift-giving season." Two weeks later, on November 27 and 28, Cary Grant livened the Thanksgiving weekend in the 1937 comedy Topper. Organist Danny Holley performed at the Redford on November 7.
Films by Asian Indian director Satyajit Ray appeared at the Michigan. This Classic Film Theatre-sponsored series included Distant Thunder (1973), Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) and The World of Apu (1959). CFT double features were devoted to Catherine Deneuve (Mississippi Mermaid (1969) and Belle de Jour (1967)); the Marx Brothers (The Cocoanuts (1929) and Horse Feathers (1932)); and musicals (Swing Time (1936) and The Band Wagon (1953)).
On Friday, November 6, the CFT and the Michigan Community Theatre Foundation presented "Radio City at the Michigan," which included an organ overture, the 1937 movie Topper, and "A Thanksgiving Pageant," described as a "spoof on all Thanksgiving productions". On November 8, organist Don Haller performed at the Michigan in the monthly Second Sunday Organ Concert of the Motor City Theatre Organ Society.
A restored version of the dramatic 1927 French film Napoléon played at Ford Auditorium in Detroit on November 3-8. Described by Detroit Free Press movie writer Jack Mathews as "one of the theatrical experiences of a lifetime," the music for this film was performed live by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. The conductor and composer of this music was Carmine Coppola, father of film director Francis Ford Coppola.
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