Phantom of the Senate

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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Recommended Reading

October 13th, 2015

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If you are interested in understanding the historical background of the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, and Redford Theatre, the following books are a good place to start:

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Individual Lives

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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A Hand Up

September 25th, 2015

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During the screening of the documentary Rosenwald at the Michigan Theater on September 24, 2015, one person after another testified to how they had benefited from the generosity of businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald.

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Best of Both Worlds

September 12th, 2015

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Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner glided majestically across the CinemaScope images that filled the stage area of the Redford Theatre on Friday, September 11, 2015.

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Moments of Truth

September 9th, 2015

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Romantic dramas often include a stirring climactic scene when a man and a woman confront each other about the true nature of their relationship.

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DFT Binge

August 23rd, 2015

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It has become common for many people to watch several episodes of a television show back to back, thanks to video services like Netflix and television stations like the Decades TV Network.

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Pushed to the Limit

July 26th, 2015

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A pair of movies at the Detroit Film Theatre on July 25, 2015 showed how human beings can respond to being pushed to the limit, both by circumstance and by their own choice.

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A Summer Evening

July 18th, 2015

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When the cold of winter descends upon us again, I might think back to the pleasant summer feeling of the evening of Friday, July 17, 2015. The centerpiece of the evening was a visit to the Detroit Film Theatre, where I enjoyed the compelling French Canadian drama FĂ©lix and Meira.

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Cinetopia Buffet

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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