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Detroit Film Theatre

The Twilight of the Tsars series highlights two films by Evgeni Bauer. A young woman goes from being an indigent, innocent seamstress into a monster of depravity in A Child of the Big City, as her once-idealistic admirer deteriorates. In Daydream, a mourning husband’s blossoming friendship with a young actress suffers severe tension when the actress’ striking resemblance to his deceased wife causes an obsession. Nov. 1.

• A one-man life force transforms the city he loves through his art in Bel Borba Aqui. Bel Borba breathes new life into Salvador, Brazil, through various forms of public art. Nov. 2-4.

The Story of Film continues with parts nine and 10. The maturation of American cinema in the late ’60s and ’70s is examined, along with satire of the time as well as the birth of black American cinema. Nov. 3. 

• The DFT presents a series of short films to celebrate the opening of this year’s Windsor International Film Festival. The series will include live action and animated work from Canadian and American filmmakers. Viewers will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorites. Nov. 7.

Twilight of the Tsars continues with Iakov Protazanov. The Departure of a Great Old Man combines a dramatized account of Leo Tolstoy’s life with documentary footage. The Queen of Spades, an adaptation of the Pushkin short story, tells the story of a young man who courts the daughter of a countess hoping to discover the countess’ secrets to gambling. Nov. 8.

• The life of writer W.G. Sebald is examined in Patience (After Sebald) Nov. 9.

• The documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present follows the artist as she prepares a retrospective for the New York Museum of Modern Art. Nov. 9 and 11.

• Parts 11 and 12 in The Story of Film series examine why Star Wars, Jaws and The Exorcist are responsible for the multiplex. Quite possibly the world’s most famous movie star, Amitabh Bachchan, also shows how Bollywood invented a new cinema in the ’70s. Nov. 10.

• Christopher Plummer stars as Prospero in the Stratford Festival’s production of The Tempest. Nov. 11.

• Evgeni Bauer’s work is once again highlighted in A Life for a Life, the story of a self-indulgent prince who falls in love with an adopted woman but marries her wealthier sister. Nov. 15.

The British Arrows, the top collection of British Television Advertising Award winners, showcases their achievements during a limited tour of museums in the United States. Nov. 16-18.

• Cinema in the ’90s is examined in parts 13, 14, and 15 of The Story of Film. The series ends with a glimpse into the future of filmmaking. Nov. 17.

• A guru from the East travels to America to spread his teachings in Kumare. Nov. 23-Dec. 2.

• Dustin Hoffman stars as Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate who is seduced by a woman old enough to be his mother, in DFT 101: The Graduate. Nov. 24. $5.

• A mother and daughter fall for the same man in For Luck, another film by Evgeni Bauer that ties themes of unrest and societal views with romance. Nov. 29.

• A private security firm is hired to patrol a small street in Recife, Brazil, following a series of petty thefts in Neighboring Sounds. Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

Tickets for DIA members $7.50, students $6.50, non-members $7.50, seniors $6.50.

In the auditorium at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-4005;


Redford Theatre

• Three friends travel to Paris to find work following World War II in An American In Paris. Complications arise when two of the friends fall in love with the same woman. Gene Kelly stars in the musical as an aspiring painter. Nov. 2. $4

• A mother and wife struggles to cope while her husband serves in World War II in Since You Went Away, starring Claudette Colbert and Shirley Temple and a musical score by Max Steiner. Nov. 16-18. $4

• All Ralphie wants is a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas, but he has a hard time convincing his parents, teachers and Santa that this is a proper gift in A Christmas Story. Nov. 30. $4.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560;
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