The Detroit Film Theatre will screen the Spanish language version of 'Dracula' (1931), starring Carlos Villarias (as Count Dracula), Carmen Guerrero (as Lucia), as part of its 'An Affair to Remember' fundraiser. (Courtesy Detroit Institute of Arts)
Having shown some 3,000 films to more than 2 million movie fans over the years, the Detroit Film Theatre is celebrating its 40th anniversary this weekend by showing 10 films it has featured over the years, all at the 1974 ticket price of $2.
The festivities begin at 6 tonight with champagne, chocolate and opening remarks in the Crystal Gallery, followed by a 7:30 p.m. screening of “Mon Oncle Antoine,” the very first film ever shown at the DFT, which is part of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Other films featured over the weekend include “Talk to Her,” “My Left Foot,” “In the Mood for Love,” “Tristana” and “El Norte.”
A benefit for the DFT called “An Affair to Remember,” which includes a cocktail reception and strolling dinner in the DIA’s Rivera Court, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $150 ($67 is tax decutible) each.
The Detroit Film Theatre in 1974 was created by then 23-year-old DIA film and video curator Elliot Wilhelm, who remains at its helm. Since then, the theater’s stage has played host to scores of notable figures in cinema, from Robert Duvall to Grace Kelly to Roger Ebert to Angela Bassett, Spike Lee, Sigourney Weaver and many, many more. At the same time, the DFT has garnered a national reputation for presenting sterling cinema from around the world.
Detroit Film Theatre 40th Anniversary Celebration
6 tonight with a champagne reception and opening remarks
Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Wooward, Detroit
'An Affair to Remember'
6 p.m. Saturday in the DIA’s Rivera Court
Tickets $150 ($67 tax deductible) include valet parking, admission to “Spanish Dracula” and more.
10 films from the DFT's long history
7 p.m.: “Mon Oncle Antoine”
9:30 p.m.: “Talk to Her”
1 p.m.: “My Left Foot”
4 p.m.: “Burden of Dreams”
7 p.m.: “In the Mood for Love”
9:30 p.m.: “The Spanish Dracula”
1 p.m.: “Russian Ark”
4 p.m.: “Tristana”
7 p.m.: “El Norte”
9:45 p.m.: “Wake in Fright”