Category Archives: Silent Movies

Pop Goes the Culture

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 … Continue reading

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Two Rides on the Potemkin

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 … Continue reading

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Added Value

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 … Continue reading

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Career Moves

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 … Continue reading

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Classic Cinema 2010

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 … Continue reading

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Two Visits to the Metropolis

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 … Continue reading

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Another Fun Mess

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 … Continue reading

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DFT 101

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 … Continue reading

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The Alloy Orchestra

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. [ apache/2.4.37 (win64) php/5.6.40 server … Continue reading

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The Music of the Redford

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. [ forbidden … Continue reading

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