Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, October 13, 2012

 Detroit Film Theatre

  • For Everyone
  • Family Friendly

Despite a flood of glossy wartime musicals and feel-good comedies, the trauma of World War II ended up bringing a new daring to the cinema. The story starts in Italy, and then moves to Hollywood as we meet Orson Welles and chart the darkening of American film as it enters the McCarthy era. Screenwriters Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) and Robert Towne (Chinatown, Shampoo) discuss these years. The director of Singin’ in the Rain, Stanley Donen, talks about his career, and we discover how British films like The Third Man sum up these extraordinary years, and lead us to the story of sex and melodrama in the movies of the 50s. We discover James Dean, On the Waterfront and the glossy weepies of the time, but also travel to Egypt, India, China, Mexico, Britain and Japan to find that movies there were filled with a surprising range of rage, power and passion. Featured are exclusive interviews with collaborators who worked with India’s Satyajit Ray and with legendary actress Kyoko Kagawa (who starred in films of Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu), as well the pioneering Egyptian director, Youssef Chahine. (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 13 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.