Detroit Movie Palaces
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Detroit Film Theatre
Step back in time to see what area movie theaters were presenting in November 1982. Film titles are linked to the Internet Movie Database.
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At the Detroit Film Theatre, The Girl with the Red Hair (Netherlands) was "a unique, deeply affecting, nonfiction drama about a young Dutch woman's response to the Nazi occupation." (Susan Stark, Detroit News, November 4, 1982). Viewers also traveled along the Japanese Muddy River, "a marvelous, sad fairy tale, filled with rich and appealing characters." (Diane Haithman, Detroit Free Press, November 19, 1982).
Other DFT films included Without Amnesia (1978), by Polish director Andrzej Wajda (Man of Marble), and the controversial German film Taxi zum Klo. The Alfred Hitchcock series moved into the 1960s with Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963), Marnie (1964), and Torn Curtain (1966). The Afternoon Film Theatre showed the science fiction movies The Mysterians (1957), Queen of Outer Space (1958), and On the Beach (1959).
In "one of the most exciting double features around," (Rich Quackenbush, Ann Arbor News, November 21, 1982), Liza Minnelli starred at the Michigan in her Oscar-winning role in Cabaret (1972), and with Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's New York, New York (1977). Other twin bills put the spotlight on Spanish director Luis Bu˝uel (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) and Viridiana (1961) ) and award-winning foreign language films (Cousin, cousine (1975) and Bread and Chocolate (1973) ). Historical epics included Dr. Zhivago (1965), 1900 (1976) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
Live events at the Michigan included a November 4 debate between Timothy Leary and G. Gordon Liddy. A panel of three area communications instructors said that Liddy won the debate. On November 13, the 24-hour Jazzmatazz benefit included all-night jazz, and aerobic dancing at 6:30 a.m.
It was a very melodic month at the Redford. On November 5-6, the 1936 version of Jerome Kern's musical Showboat featured Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson, and Helen Morgan. Organist Lou Behm also entertained the audience. On November 19-20, organist Tony O'Brien warmed up the crowd for Brigadoon, the 1954 Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical that starred Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. On November 27, "world famous" organist George Wright performed a Thanksgiving weekend concert.
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