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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.

Available to rent anytime.
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.

Available to rent anytime.
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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A Hero for a Night

Glenn Tryon heads the cast of this American silent film comedy as Hiram Hastings, who drives a taxi at an eastern United States summer resort and wants to become an aviator. He takes a correspondence course in aviation and builds his own aircraft, hoping to enter a race from New York to Europe. Samuel Sloan (Burr McIntosh), a wealthy soap manufacturer, arrives with his daughter Mary (Patsy Ruth Miller), a trained nurse (Ruth Dwyer), and his confidential secretary (Lloyd Whitlock), the last two secretly plotting to get Sloan's holdings. Hiram, infatuated with Mary, crashes a banquet in honor of a visiting French aviator and takes it upon himself to be the speaker of the evening. Although he is ejected, Hiriam perseveres. Mary learns of the plot against her father and with the aid of Hiram and his aircraft sets out for New York, but Hiram pilots them across the ocean into Russia and there makes a forced landing. The success of the flight, however, saves the Sloan fortune.
Sun, Feb 14 3:00 PM
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Avant Jazz from Poland

Free rental for all patrons.

The Copernicus Center for Polish Studies at UM presents a concert streamed from Warsaw featuring two of the finest innovative progressive musicians in Poland, which has become one of the most important centers of jazz in Europe.

This concert, which was created to illustrate the lecture by Maciej Lewenstein on “Free Improvisation and Jazz Avant-Garde in Poland: From Tomasz Stanko to Mikolaj Trzaska,” that will be broadcast on Thursday, February 18 at 12:00 PM.

Trzaska first performed in Ann Arbor in 2010 in duo with the magnificent trombonist Steve Swell at the Kerrytown Concert House, and returned there in 2013 as the leader of Shofar, a trio that reinvents traditional Jewish music though free improvisation.
Sat, Feb 20 12:01 AM
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