Archive for the ‘Silent Movies’ Category

Classic Film Fest

Monday, July 16th, 2012

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A midsummer weekend turned into a cinematic journey through different eras, genres, and techniques when I visited the latest screenings in four classic movie programs on July 13, 14, and 15, 2012.

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Journey to Cinetopia

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

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The energy of the inaugural Cinetopia International Film Festival was building to a high point at about 9 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012, as I listened to the final comments of Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of the famous silent film comedian Harold Lloyd.

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Some Words About Silents

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

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Visitors to the Redford Theatre on the evening of April 21, 2012 looked forward to a special night of silent film enjoyment starring the famous Mary Pickford in the 1920 movie Suds. Much of that enjoyment would come from the musical accompaniment by Dave Calendine on the Barton Theatre Pipe Organ that was in the Redford when it opened in 1928.

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Movie Fans

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

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As I watched the new film The Artist at the Michigan Theater on January 5, 2012, I wondered what I was watching. Was this a tribute to the silent film era, a satire or parody, or an attempt to work within the conventions of that era?

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Classic Cinema 2011

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

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Many movie buffs consider 1939 to be Hollywood’s greatest year, with releases like Gone with the Wind, Stagecoach, and Wizard of Oz. But 1940 wasn’t too bad either, and in 2011, visitors to the Detroit Movie Palaces enjoyed some of the highlights of that release year.

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Pop Goes the Culture

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

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Popular culture is an important part of our lives. Something in an old movie or TV show might connect you with someone of your generation or maybe another. It might take you back to when you were younger. It might relate to something ordinary, like a funny event in your family that reminds you of The Brady Bunch.

The Michigan Theater and the Redford Theatre recently hosted personal appearances that demonstrated the emotional power of pop culture.

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Two Rides on the Potemkin

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

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It’s Back to School time of year again. This fall, visitors to the Detroit Film Theatre and Michigan Theater will have chances to return to the classroom for special film presentations that include introductory remarks by the leaders of the theaters.

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Added Value

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

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I admit that it was hard to motivate myself to go see the 1926 German silent film Faust at the Detroit Film Theatre on July 9, 2011. After all, it was a beautiful summer afternoon—not the ideal time to spend two hours watching a serious movie about a man struggling with the temptations of the Devil.

But I knew that attending the DFT is more than just watching a motion picture on a screen. There’s always added value, both in the regular activities of the theater and in the different special events that it presents.

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Career Moves

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

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Movie stars often look bigger than life, but like the rest of us, each day they wake up with the challenge to manage their career and survive the competitive rigors of our economy. Recent movies at the three Detroit Movie Palaces showed significant career moves by some very famous stars of the screen.

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Classic Cinema 2010

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

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How is this for a solid and varied lineup of old movies for your local art/repertory film theater:

  • 8 1/2
  • Metropolis
  • Rashomon
  • Rear Window
  • Rules of the Game
  • Seven Samurai
  • White Christmas

Each of these films was shown at more than one Detroit Movie Palace in 2010.

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