Archive for the ‘Silent Movies’ Category

Career Moves

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

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.


Classic Cinema 2010

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

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.


Two Visits to the Metropolis

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Introductions to silent films at the Detroit Movie Palaces often include the comment that silent movies weren’t really meant to be silent. That fact came through loud and clear in two recent showings of the restored 1927 Fritz Lang epic Metropolis at the Detroit Film Theatre and the Michigan Theater.


Another Fun Mess

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

If you showed up early for the Redford Theatre’s Laurel and Hardy Film Festival on Friday, August 27, 2010, you might have found yourself dodging a flying creme pie. The theater enlisted the help of two local L&H groups to re-enact a famous scene from The Battle of the Century (1927).


DFT 101

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

On March 20, 2010, I had the privilege and pleasure to attend the opening session of the Detroit Film Theatre’s new series on significant films in the long history of that art form—DFT 101. This Saturday afternoon series premiered with a screening of the famous 1924 German silent film, The Last Laugh. It included opening remarks by Elliot Wilhelm, the curator of film for the Detroit Institute of Arts who also gives commentary on classic films for public television.


The Alloy Orchestra

Monday, September 14th, 2009

As the 2009 calendar turned the gentle corner from the warm days of summer to the crisp evenings of fall, the Detroit Movie Palaces rolled out their autumn offerings on the weekend of September 11-13.


The Music of the Redford

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

A few years ago, I started to regularly watch The Lawrence Welk Show, at 6 p.m. on Saturdays on Channel 56. Something about it really appealed to me, and I was curious where this new enthusiasm came from.


DFT at the DIA

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

The Detroit Film Theatre has forged such a strong identity for itself that it’s easy to forget that it’s also one of many activities presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts. The DFT screens films in the DIA auditorium, which was part of the original 1927 construction of the building and which also hosts activities like the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit


The Kunsky Touch

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

The year 1928 was an amazing year for motion picture theater construction in the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas.  Movie palaces that opened that year include the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit, the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor, and two other still-existing theaters that I visited on July 26, 2008—the Redford Theatre and the Royal Oak Music Theatre. (Motor City Marquees, Stuart Galbraith IV)


A Novel Idea

Monday, June 30th, 2008

The recently published mystery novel Frames is partially set in an old movie theater in Los Angeles.  Reading this entertaining book by Michigan author Loren D. Estleman was made a lot more fun by my experiences at the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, and Redford Theatre.