Films

COMMEMORATING THE JAMES BALDWIN CENTENNIAL

I HEARD IT THROUGH
THE GRAPEVINE

at MOCAD ª 4454 Woodward Avenue 48201

Detroit premiereCinema Detroit exclusive

Thursday, February 22: 6:30 | 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 29: 6:30 | 8:30 p.m.
Doors open one half-hour before showtime.

In I Heard It Through the Grapevine, James Baldwin retraces his time in the South during the Civil Rights Movement, reflecting on what has changed — and what hasn’t — in the more than two decades he was away.

“James Baldwin retraces his time in the South during the Civil Rights Movement with his trademark brilliance and insight… From Selma to Birmingham, Atlanta to the battleground beaches of St. Augustine, Florida, accompanied by Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, and back north for a visit to Newark with Amiri Baraka, Baldwin lays bare the fiction of progress in post-Civil Rights America — wondering ‘what happened to those who did not die, but whose lives were smashed on Freedom Road.’” – Rich Blint, writer/Baldwin scholar

“A valuable reminder of the civil rights period as it retraces the pulsating panorama and some of the poignant pauses in the history of the struggle. It is more important now than it would’ve been five years ago.” – Ali Stanton, New York Amsterdam News

“An admixture of poetry and politics that is extremely well made. Baldwin (from the actual locations) offers present-day thought, poetry, and reflection. The windows of the past fill the screen and the Movement’s proud and painful lessons of heroism, sacrifice, dedication, and even death, become vividly clear.” – Charles Rogers, New York Voice

“History is not the past. It is the present.” — James Baldwin

USA/UK. 1982. Restored 2023 by Harvard Film Archive.
Produced and directed by Dick Fontaine and Pat Hartley.
93 min.


PASSPORT TO THE OSCARS • Presented with Cinema Lamont

ANATOMY OF A FALL

at Planet Ant • 2320 Caniff St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Doors 5:00 p.m. | Film at 5:30 p.m.

Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, Actress, Original Screenplay, and Editing.

For the past year, Sandra, her husband Samuel, and their eleven-year-old son Daniel have lived a secluded life in a remote town in the French Alps. When Samuel is found dead in the snow below their chalet, the police question whether he was murdered or committed suicide. Samuel’s suspicious death is presumed murder, and Sandra becomes the main suspect.

Little by little, the trial becomes not just an investigation into the circumstances of Samuel’s death but an unsettling psychological journey into the depths of Sandra and Samuel’s conflicted relationship.

“It has both suspense and intellectual ambition; plot revelations don’t just send the story in new directions, they expand the film’s cultural scope.” — Vulture

Anatomy of a Fall persuasively suggests that every marriage is ultimately something of a mystery.” — NPR

France. 2023.
Directed by Justine Triet.
151 min.


THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT

at Planet Ant • 2320 Caniff St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Doors 5:00 p.m. | Film at 5:30 p.m.

In THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT, Mrs. Herbert, an aristocratic lady, commissions an arrogant young draughtsman to sketch her husband’s property, and the compensation isn’t just room and board. As the draughtsman becomes more entrenched in the devious schemings in this seemingly idyllic country home, curious details emerge in his drawings that may reveal a murder. 

Cited by Emerald Fennell as a major influence on Saltburn, The Draughtsman’s Contract is the deliciously dark story of an outsider in a landscape of lust and cunning, and a luscious cinematic banquet for eye, ear, and mind.

“A TANTALIZING PUZZLE, WRAPPED IN EROTICISM AND PRESENTED WITH THE UTMOST ELEGANCE. The raw materials of this story could have been fashioned into a bawdy romp like Tom Jones. But the director has made a canny choice. Instead of showing us everything, and explaining everything, he gives us the clues and allows us to draw our own conclusions. IT’S LIKE A CROSSWORD PUZZLE FOR THE SENSES. I HAVE NEVER SEEN A MOVIE QUITE LIKE IT.” — Roger Ebert

“[A]nachronism has become a popular trope of the post-millennium period piece, where 18th-century Queen’s parties are soundtracked by New Order and wigged Whigs breakdance. Few films have had as profound an influence on this trend as Peter Greenaway’s The Draughtsman’s Contract, bringing an abundance of absurdity into this once prim and stuffy genre….a film of old clothes and new attitudes.” — Little White Lies

UK. 1982. Remastered 2022 by BFI
Written and directed by Peter Greenaway.
104 min.