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 April 1982. Film titles are linked to the Internet Movie Database.
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The Detroit Film Theatre presented The Aviator's Wife (1981), from French director Eric Rohmer, "who likes to listen to his clusters of human, flirtatious, usually inquisitive but often perplexed characters" (Lawrence DeVine, Detroit Free Press, April 16, 1982). Also at the DFT were two performance filmsThe Hungry i Reunion (1981), about comics in San Francisco in the 1950s and 1960s, and The Last Waltz (1978), which immortalized the last concert of The Band.
Other foreign language films at the DFT included the Japanese/Portuguese Gaijin (1980); The Bridge (1959, Germany);and Camouflage (1977, Poland). On Sundays, Alfred Hitchcock directed Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Lifeboat (1944), Spellbound (1945) and Notorious (1946). The always popular 3-D process was featured in Gun Fury (1953). The Japanese film series of the Afternoon Film Theatre included Yasujiro Ozu's The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952) and Keisuke Kinoshita's Twenty-Four Eyes (1954).
On April 2-3, Redford visitors enjoyed an early spring Picnic (1955) with William Holden, Kim Novak, Rosalind Russell and Susan Strasberg. Two weeks later (April 16-17), Holden appeared again, in Born Yesterday (1950), with Judy Holliday, who earned a Best Actress Oscar. That same award went to Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night (April 30 and May 1). This 1934 comedy also won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Frank Capra) and Best Actor (Clark Gable). On April 24, organist Dennis James accompanied the silent film Wings (1927).
With another University of Michigan school year winding down, the Classic Film Theatre at the Michigan showed a double bill of The Graduate (1967) and The Paper Chase (1973). The Michigan also hosted the Netherlands America University League, which screened Tiro (1979), Charlotte (1981), and Martin and the Magician (1979). The Michigan Nuclear Weapon Freeze Campaign presented a double bill of Fail-Safe (1964) and The War Game (1965).
Live events at the Michigan included the University of Michigan Mime Troupe and bluegrass music from The McLain Family Band. On Friday April 16, the Spring "Radio City at the Michigan" show included society music from the Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra, comedian Michael Tait, organist Henry Aldridge and the movie The Shop Around the Corner (1940).
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