Archive for the ‘Silent Movies’ Category

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Early Hitchcock

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

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No film director unites the audiences of the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, and Redford Theatre more than Alfred Hitchcock.

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Cinetopia Selections

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

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A two-day program of silent films starring Mary Pickford might have seemed out of place among the many new movies at the Cinetopia International Film Festival, but guest speaker Christel Schmidt helped put things in perspective.

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So Long Til Summer

Monday, April 29th, 2013

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The Detroit Film Theatre and Redford Theatre finished up their current seasons on the weekend of April 26-28, 2013 with the usual wide variety of movie entertainments that included classic, silent, and foreign language films. But before patrons enjoyed these treasures of the silver screen, theater representatives announced many special events in the coming months.

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