Events

Seven Samurai (1954)

Adventures and Quests: Seven Samurai (1954)

  • Tue, Jul 17
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

One of the greatest action epics of all time, Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece is the story of seven unemployed sixteenth-century samurais who band together to defend a village of impoverished farmers from a devastating annual raid by vicious bandits. This full-length, three-and-a-half hour version is an immersive, unforgettable experience–a movie that George Lucas lists among his favorites.  

When Worlds Collide (1951)

Space Travel: When Worlds Collide (1951)

  • Wed, Jul 18
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

As a star and a planet approach the Earth on a certain collision course, a team of scientists works feverishly to construct a rocket they hope will become a space age Noah’s Ark, taking a handful of humans and animals to the new planet to restart civilization, at the very moment of our old world’s spectacular destruction.  

 

It Came From Outer Space (1953)

Alien Encounters: It Came From Outer Space (1953)

  • Thu, Jul 19
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

In this unusually thoughtful sci-fi hit (based on a Ray Bradbury story), an alien spaceship lands on Earth to make emergency repairs, hoping to leave the planet undiscovered. The aliens understand that their physical form will appear so horrible to humans that our prejudice and unfounded fear will result in violence and death to their people.

Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Other Dimensions: Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

  • Fri, Jul 20
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Ray Bradbury wrote of an authoritarian future in which the written word is banned–where curiosity, knowledge and ideas are considered so dangerous that the job of “firemen” is no longer to extinguish flames, but rather to burn all books. One of the glories of François Truffaut’s screen version is the haunting score by Hitchcock favorite Bernard Herrmann. 

Crumbs (2005)

Alien Encounters: Crumbs (2005)

  • Fri, Jul 20
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Crumbs is set against the background of spectacular post-apocalyptic Ethiopian landscapes, and its main character is a strange-looking scrap collector called Gagano . Alternately gripped by daydreams and constant fears, the diminutive Gagano has had enough of collecting the priceless crumbs of decayed civilization, including the most valuable: merchandise from Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan.

Them! (1954)

Creatures: Them! (1954)

  • Sat, Jul 21
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

A classic example of fifties sci-fi’s obsession with radiation, Them! is one of the first major-studio films to envision giant, mutated insects – in this case, ants – threatening the existence of mankind as a result of being exposed to radioactive fallout from atom bomb tests. It’s one of the best examples of the genre.

Afronauts (2014)

Space Travel: The Last Angel of History (1996) & Afronauts (2014)

  • Sat, Jul 21
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

In the 1996 The Last Angel of History – part documentary, part science-fiction – director John Akomfrah examines the origins of the now-familiar genre of Afrofuturism, with George Clinton, Nichelle Nichols, Ishmael Reed, DJ Spooky and others as our guides. In director Frances Bodomo’s 2014 Afrofuturist short Afronauts, a group of Zambian exiles races to beat American astronauts to the moon in 1969. 

Forbidden Planet (1956)

Robots: Forbidden Planet (1956)

  • Sun, Jul 22
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

The lone survivor of an expedition to a distant planet discovers that the scientific achievements of its long-extinct civilization may be the most astounding – and dangerous – in the universe. Featuring the first screen appearance of the beloved Robby the Robot.

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. 

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