Archive for the ‘Silent Movies’ Category

A Festival of Festivals

Monday, June 12th, 2017

The six-year-old Cinetopia Film Festival has always been promoted as a gathering place for movies from film festivals around the world.

This mission has given film lovers in southeastern Michigan access to cinematic wonders from the Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice, and other film festivals. Cinetopia has grown to the point where it can include smaller film festivals that could easily stand on their own, including the Arab American Film Festival.

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Silent Film Community

Monday, June 5th, 2017

One of the great rewards of supporting historic theaters with classic film programs is the chance to see silent movies with live accompaniment. These performances are the product of a vibrant silent film community that has also helped to preserve silent movies through DVD recordings and restoration projects.

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Cinema Discoveries

Monday, February 6th, 2017

The Detroit Film Theatre has done a great job of helping its visitors discover lesser known parts of movie history. That effort continued on February 3, 2017, when it began a series of older films that were marketed to black American audiences and featured all-black casts.  This series was presented in conjunction with the Library of Congress.

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Film Artistry

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Much of the magic of movies comes from the way they combine older arts like paintings, music, and theater. Films at the Detroit Film Theatre and Michigan Theater on October 27, 2016 showed how particular works of art can be used to enhance a movie.

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Silent Movie Weekend

Monday, April 25th, 2016

When the Michigan Theater and the Redford Theatre opened 88 years ago in 1928, their Barton theater organs were designed to accompany silent movies. The talking picture soon changed these plans, but these organs both returned to their original use on the weekend of April 23 and 24, 2016.

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Phantom of the Senate

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Silent horror movies are a unique treat in the Halloween season, with their ancient shadows and limited dialog adding to the sense of mystery. When they are screened with the surging, moody sounds of a live theater organ, they become even more chilling.

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Individual Lives

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Closeups are an important part of filmmaking, but sometimes a well-placed long shot can be just as revealing, like in Metropolis, which I saw at the Redford Theatre on October 3, 2015, and in The Third Man, which I watched at the Detroit Film Theatre on October 4, 2015.

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Cinetopia Buffet

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

The four-year-old Cinetopia International Film Festival continued to grow in 2015. New venues this year included several well-known alternative film theaters (Maple Theater, Redford Theatre, and Senate Theater).

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Father and Son

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

The Halloween treats at the Redford Theatre this year included movies on consecutive weekends that starred the master of makeup Lon Chaney and his son Creighton Chaney, better known to movie fans as Lon Chaney, Jr.

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Silent Film Festival

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

The Cinetopia International Film Festival this weekend is one of many examples of area movie enthusiasts combining their interests and ambitions to create major film events.

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