An 81-year-old American silent movie and a current French film recently gave Michigan Theater audiences the chance to see how movies can entertain through different kinds of non-verbal communication.
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“We have survived for 40 years, and we’re still going strong!” David Martin’s announcement from the stage of the Redford Theatre on Sept. 22, 2007 was met with a strong burst of applause, on this evening when the Motor City Theatre Organ Society celebrated 40 years of organ concerts at the Redford.
In the 20 years that I’ve regularly attended the Detroit Film Theatre, and the 10 years that I’ve visited the Michigan Theater and Redford Theatre, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy many classic films, from silent movies like Buster Keaton’s The General (1927) to lively musicals like The Pirate (1948) to foreign language films like The Grand Illusion (1937).
Music was in the air for Opening Day (June 9, 2007) of the Detroit Film Theatre’s inaugural Summer Festival of Film and Music. The rhythms and melodies of lively jazz came from the front lawn of the Scarab Club, as part of the annual Detroit Festival of the Arts.
With a sigh of regret, but a note of hope, the chairperson of the Friends of Detroit Film Theatre, Margaret Thomas, spoke to the DFT audience on December 10, 2006. It was the last film of the Fall/Winter 2006 season, but in two months, the DFT would re-open with its auditorium renovation complete.
The Michigan Theater recently received a special award that gave significant recognition to the quality and variety of its programming. On July 22, 2006, the League of Historic American Theatres presented the Michigan with its Outstanding Historic Theatre Award. According to the LHAT web site, the award recognizes “the highest standards of excellence” in the “vision, execution and service” shown by “an operating historic theatre.”
Imagine the joyful laughter of young children as they enjoy the misadventures of the main character of a movie. Is it the latest Pixar epic? Something from Disney?
No, their amusement comes from 90-year-old silent films starring Charlie Chaplin. On April 8, 2006, the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor presented four of Chaplin’s short films from 1916. Youngsters who were born in the 21st century were treated to comedy classics that first hit the big screen during World War I.