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Movies 101: Session 2: Sound

Sound. In the beginning, movies only had sound in the form of musical accompaniment provided in the theater. Since then, recorded sound has become an indispensable part of movies. In this session, we will consider how music, speech, and sound effects can be used to add meaning to the images on the screen. Our examples will be drawn from Alien, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and The Passenger. After the lecture, we recommend watching Singing in the Rain.

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Thu, May 14, 2020 10:00 AM
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Movies 101: Session 4: Narrative Structure

While we often expect the action of films to unfold in chronological order, there are many other possibilities. In our final session, we will look at various components of film narrative and how they can be manipulated to create anticipation, tension, and resolution. Our examples will be drawn from Casablanca, Bonnie & Clyde, L'Avventura, and (500) Days of Summer. After the lecture, we recommend watching Vertigo.

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Thu, May 14, 2020 10:00 AM
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The Ten Commandments (1923)

Presented with organ accompaniment from Andrew Rogers!

33 years before Director Cecil B. DeMille cast Charlton Heston for his 1956 religious epic that has aired on television every Easter Sunday for decades, he made made this silent version of the biblical tale starring Theodore Roberts as Moses, The Lawgiver, in a film that recreates the biblical story of the Exodus as well as tells a modern story concerning two brothers and their respective views of the Ten Commandments.

Lauded for its "immense and stupendous" scenes, use of Technicolor process 2, and parting of the Red Sea sequence, the expensive film proved to be a box-office hit upon release. It is the first in DeMille's biblical trilogy, followed by The King of Kings (1927) and The Sign of the Cross (1932).

The Ten Commandments is one of many works from 1923 that entered the public domain in the United States in 2019.

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Mon, May 18, 2020 10:00 AM
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with Live Organ Accompaniment

Join Head Organist Andrew Rodgers as he plays an original score to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on the Michigan Theater’s Barton Organ!

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema, it tells the story of an insane hypnotist (Werner Krauss) who uses a somnambulist (Conrad Veidt) to commit murders. The film features a dark and twisted visual style, with sharp-pointed forms, oblique and curving lines, structures and landscapes that lean and twist in unusual angles, and shadows and streaks of light painted directly onto the sets.

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Mon, May 18, 2020 12:00 PM
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Movies 101: Session 1: Mise-en-Scene

Mise-en-Scene refers to the arrangement of all the visual elements in front of the camera. This includes people, sets, props, lighting, color and the way these elements are viewed by the audience as the camera moves. We will look at various approaches to mise-en-scene including selections from The Bicycle Thieves, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Double Indemnity, Moulin Rouge, and more. Following the lecture, we recommend watching Casablanca.

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Sun, May 24, 2020 9:00 AM
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Memorial Day Organ Concert 2020

You can watch or simply listen to this previously recorded LIVE organ performance by our head organist, Andrew Rogers. We are delighted to bring a 45 minute program of music from the Michigan’s fully-restored Barton organ to you at home via YouTube! Expect to hear a variety of classics like “Rhapsody In Blue” and “Cherokee” and some patriotic favorites like “God Bless America.” Like a typical pre-show before a film at the Michigan, the music will be varied and, hopefully, bring a smile to your faces.

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Wed, Jun 3, 2020 9:00 AM
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The Motions of Stillness

An original film and score by musician and our Technical Director, Jared Van Eck! Read his film summary below:

All footage was shot on April 15, 2020, in a downtown nature preserve on a cold snowy day in Ann Arbor, MI – 24 days into our COVID-19 stay-at-home order. During this time in which our old normal continues to disappear and we must all embrace this current unknown, I hope this film brings its viewers a peaceful meditation space. By slowing down shots and blending in an original electronic score with nature’s natural sounds, my aim is to encourage the viewer to equally still them self, focus on deep breaths, and reflect on the simple beauty of falling snow.

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Fri, Jun 5, 2020 12:00 PM
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4th of July Weekend Organ Concert 2020

Join us virtually this 4th of July weekend for a Barton Organ tribute to the 4th of July and to “Those Lazy Days of Summer”! Like a typical pre-show before a film in the Michigan Theater’s historical Main Auditorium, the music will be varied and, hopefully, bring a smile to your face and a beat to your feet. Expect to hear everything from the classic sounds of “Carousel” to patriotic favorites, and a march written for the Michigan Theater. Recorded live at the Michigan Theater with Head Organist Andrew Rogers on the Historic Barton Organ.
Wed, Jul 8, 2020 12:00 PM
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I Used To Go Here

Following the launch of her new novel, 35-year-old writer Kate Conklin (Gillian Jacobs) is invited to speak at her alma mater by her mentor and former professor (Jemaine Clement). With her book tour cancelled and her ego deflated, Kate decides to take the trip, wondering if returning to her old college as a published author might give her the morale boost she sorely needs. Instead, she falls into a comical regression – from misadventures with eccentric twenty-year-olds to feelings of jealousy toward her former professor’s new favorite student. Striking the balance between bittersweet and hilarious, Kate takes a journey through her past to redefine her future.
Fri, Aug 21, 2020 9:00 AM
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Stage: The Culinary Internship

The Culinary Internship follows a group of aspiring chefs during a nine-month apprenticeship at one of the best restaurants in the world: Mugaritz, nestled in the hills outside San Sebastian. While the twice Michelin starred restaurant's notorious avant-garde cuisine elevates these young hopefuls to think outside the confines of a kitchen, can they handle the heat of its intense creative environment? Featuring Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz (judge on Netflix's Final Table).
Fri, Aug 21, 2020 10:45 AM
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Space Dogs

Warning: SPACE DOGS is Not Rated, and contains some graphic content and scenes of animal violence that some viewers, especially cat lovers, may find distressing. Viewer discretion is advised. Laika, a stray dog, was the first living being to be sent into space and thus to a certain death. According to a legend, she returned to Earth as a ghost and has roamed the streets of Moscow ever since. Following her trace, and filmed from a dog’s perspective, SPACE DOGS accompanies the adventures of her descendants: two street dogs living in today’s Moscow. Their story is one of intimate fellowship but also relentless brutality, and is interwoven with unseen archive material from the Soviet cosmic era. A magical tale of voyagers scouting for unknown spaces.
Fri, Sep 18, 2020 9:00 AM
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Another Round

Four friends, all high school teachers, test a theory that they will improve their lives by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood.
Fri, Dec 18, 2020 9:00 AM
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Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities

In this collection of six shorts, filmmakers gaze at themselves and their world, attempting to make sense of what they see reflected back. From gripping drama to heart-warming comedy, Our Right to Gaze: Black Film Identities features timely stories from Black artists that take us outside of the ordinary. Featured shorts (in order): Love in Submission by Antu Yacob & Lande Yoosuf A Hollywood Party by Toryn Seabrooks Pandemic Chronicles by Ya’ke Smith Auntie Zariyah by Zora Bikangaga The Black Banshee by Kyla Sylvers Nowhere by Lin Que Ayoung Content Advisory: Pandemic Chronicles includes full nudity/mature content The Black Banshee features police violence
Sun, Feb 14 9:00 AM
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The Fan Connection

In a forlorn Rust Belt city, cheering for the NHL team means cheering for the city itself. Through three intimate stories of die-hard hockey fans in a city struggling to overcome its past, The Fan Connection shows that with heart, grit, and hope people can rise above their expectations.
Fri, Feb 19 9:00 AM
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Tue, Feb 23 9:00 AM
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Food Club

Marie recently found herself abandoned on Christmas Eve by her husband and has been falling apart ever since. Berling has been the eternal “bacherlorette” who outwardly denies her age and lives the sweet life, all seems perfect until we find out about her complicated relationship with her daughter. Vanja is still living in the past and has never been able to move on from her late husband. The three life long girlfriends decides to travel to Italy together to attend a cooking course in Puglia and here they each find the opportunity to redefine themselves and acknowledge that the most important thing in life is their friendship and that it’s never too late to live a more fulfilling life. Presented in Danish and Italian with English subtitles
Fri, Feb 26 9:00 AM
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Al Alcance de la Mano (Within Our Reach)

Two agroecologists in Chiapas created an interdisciplinary program that links food, science, learning and community. Together with a network of educators, they work to build critical consciousness around what we eat, and to celebrate local alternatives to industrial farming and food.
Thu, Mar 4 12:01 AM
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Stray

Through the eyes of three stray dogs wandering the streets of Istanbul, STRAY explores what it means to live as a being without status or security.
Fri, Mar 5 9:00 AM
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17 Blocks Director Q&A

(Included with film rental) Stay tuned after the film to see an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with director Davy Rothbart & subjects Cheryl and Smurf Sanford, moderated by Academy Award winner Marshall Curry and Michael-Sean Spence from Everytown for Gun Safety.
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