Events

Adventures and Quests: The Hidden Fortress

Adventures & Quests: The Hidden Fortress (1958)

  • Tue, Jul 24
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

A general (Toshiro Mifune) guards his defeated clan’s princess in a journey across enemy territory, accompanied by two bickering, bumbling peasants. If the plot of director Akira Kurosawa’s rollicking and exhilarating 16th-century Japanese swordplay adventure seems familiar, it may be because it’s not only one of George Lucas’s favorite films, but one he cites as a primary influence on Star Wars. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Gog (1954)

Robots: Gog (1954)

  • Wed, Jul 25
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Saboteurs are suspected of wreaking havoc in an underground, super-secret scientific research facility. The danger turns critical when a pair of experimental twin robots–Gog and Magog–run amok, seizing control of the lab’s atomic power source. 

Alien Encounters: The Thing From Another World (1951)

Alien Encounters: The Thing From Another World (1951)

  • Thu, Jul 26
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Investigating a mysterious crash at the North Pole, a handful of scientists and Air Force personnel find themselves at war with an alien life form – a humanoid creature made of plant matter that lives on blood and aims to reproduce itself into an invading army.

World on a Wire (1973)

Other Dimensions: World on a Wire (1973)

  • Thu, Jul 26
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Originally made for German television, this noir-spiked tale of a reluctant hero and cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate conspiracy is a satiric and surreal look at the world of tomorrow from the late German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder. This rediscovered, three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a gloriously paranoid, boundlessly inventive take on the future. 

The Time Machine (1960)

Other Dimensions: The Time Machine (1960)

  • Fri, Jul 27
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

On the last day of 1899, the inventor of a time machine propels himself thousands of years into the future, where he discovers a civilization comprised of lethargic slaves and their cannibal masters, who hide underground. H.G. Wells’ classic tale of man’s past and possible future is one of the most visually rich sci-fi movies of its time. 

Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

Creatures: Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

  • Fri, Jul 27
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

In the 1970s, legendary cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, The Holy Mountain) dreamed of creating a 15-hour film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune; it was to feature designs by H.R. Giger, music by Pink Floyd, and a cast that included Salvador Dalí and Orson Welles. This engrossing documentary is the story of that uncompleted quest – a fascinating portrait of an epic that never was. 

Creatures: The Blob (1958)

Creatures: The Blob (1958)

  • Sat, Jul 28
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

The police don’t believe teenager Steve (billed as Steven) McQueen when he reports that a shapeless mass from outer space is devouring local residents. Eventually they do, but first, it’s up to hot-rodding teens to figure out how to contend with the invader. This surprise hit packed America’s drive-ins in the autumn of 1958. 

Timecrimes (2007)

Adventures and Quests: Timecrimes (2007)

  • Sat, Jul 28
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

A man sees something unusual through his binoculars. As he investigates, he finds himself in the middle of an astounding dilemma which seems to have propelled him an hour back in time. But how much of a problem can that be? The mysteries compound ingeniously in this surprisingly involving – and logically illogical – Spanish variation on the age-old sci-fi conundrum of meeting yourself while time traveling.  

Robots: THX 1138

Robots: THX 1138

  • Sun, Jul 29
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

George Lucas’s first feature tells the story of a future human race sedated and controlled by an all-powerful governmental order. But when one worker (Robert Duvall) goes off his meds, comes to his senses and tries to escape, a robot police force pursues him – until, that is, they exceed their allotted budget.

Robin Hood

Adventures and Quests: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

  • Tue, Jul 31
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

When a treacherous prince turns his cruelty toward England’s peasants, it’s up to the good-hearted Sir Robin of Locksley – aka Robin Hood – to gather a loyal crew of Merry Men and lead a rebellion against the evil Prince John. Errol Flynn (just 28) stars in one of Hollywood’s greatest swashbucklers, packed with rousing action and dazzlingly filmed in Technicolor. (The sound of Robin’s arrow appears in almost every Star Wars film.) 

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