Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, October 06, 2012

  • For Everyone
  • Family Friendly

The 1920s were a golden age for world cinema, and in this section of The Story of Film we visit Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Shanghai and Tokyo to discover the places where moviemakers were pushing the boundaries of the medium, as well as reinventing it. German expressionism, Soviet montage, French impressionism and surrealism were passionately embraced film movements, but less well known are the glories of Chinese and Japanese films, and the moving story of one of the great, now forgotten, movie stars: Ruan Lingyu. And suddenly, in the 1930s, the coming of sound upended everything. Soon, new genres were to find their footing: screwball comedies, gangster pictures, horror films, westerns and musicals, and one man was destined to master all of them: his name was Howard Hawks. An ocean away, England’s Alfred Hitchcock develops his unique cinematic personality, and French directors become masters of mood; and we discover what three of the many great films of 1939 – The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind and Nintochka – have in common. (120 min.)

The DFT’s Crystal Gallery Café will be closed during September and the first two weeks of October due to glass and metalwork restoration of the café’s three monumental windows. Please excuse our dust while we complete this exciting project, the finished work will help to preserve the historic ironwork window frames of Samuel Yellin, and give visitors a beautiful view of the night sky and midtown museum campus along John R. During construction, beverages and light snacks will be continue to served on the ground floor in the central Loggia space near the theater entrance.

October 6 at 3:00 PM

Admission to all showings in the Story of Film series is free to DIA members. Please show your membership card to the ticket taker to gain admittance.