Frank Sinatra, who was born 100 years ago today, is best known for his singing, but he also made significant contributions to movies. Many of those films have been shown at the Michigan Theater and the Redford Theatre as part of their classic film series.
I sometimes feel amazed that an area can support three large historic movie theaters like the Detroit Film Theatre, Michigan Theater, and Redford Theatre. In most cities, any one of these theaters would be the center of attraction for fans of alternative film programs.
I had been looking forward to seeing The Makioka Sisters at the Detroit Film Theatre on November 21, 2015, so I tried not to be bothered by the first (and very heavy) snowstorm of the winter.
It’s always a pleasure to see someone push themselves to a greater level of achievement, especially if they already have an impressive list of accomplishments.
As I looked around the Redford Theatre on Saturday, November 14, 2015, people-watching while I waited for the Redford Cartoon Fest to begin, I noticed a wide variety of ages.
In the first ten years of an extraordinary career that has lasted more than four decades, director Steven Spielberg often tapped into the audience’s fear of the unknown.
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.
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:
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.