Events

Metropolis

Robots: Metropolis

  • Sun, Jun 17
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Fritz Lang’s visionary masterpiece, often cited as George Lucas’s favorite film, is the granddaddy of sci-fi movie epics. Much of the drama centers on an up-to-no-good female robot named Maria, whose elegant design became the inspiration for C-3PO a half-century later.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Adventures and Quests: Journey to the Center of the Earth

  • Tue, Jun 19
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Even in an era when studios regularly turned out big-budget family entertainment, this elegantly crafted Jules Verne adaptation was a standout. A professor (James Mason) leads the members of his expedition down to the center of the planet. Spectacular perils threaten their adventure, by way of action sequences that clearly influenced 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, which was produced and co-authored by George Lucas.  

This Island Earth

Space Travel: This Island Earth

  • Wed, Jun 20
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

A brilliant scientist is invited to collaborate on a project to promote world peace, only to discover that the offer is coming from inhabitants of a different world. The planet Metaluna–which is under siege-- wants to move its population to Earth and become its masters. A rousing example of the scientist-as-hero in sci-fi of the fifties.  

I Married a Monster from Outer Space

Alien Encounters: I Married a Monster from Outer Space

  • Thu, Jun 21
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

In this unique portrayal of domestic discord, a young man (Tom Tryon, later a best-selling author) is late to his wedding because his body has been taken over by an alien life form. The wedding takes place anyway, and while all brides and grooms have their differences, there aren’t many that can surpass these!   

Attack the Block

Creatures: Attack the Block (2011)

  • Thu, Jun 21
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Winner of the 2011 Audience Award at SXSW, Attack the Block stars John Boyega in a scary and hilariously grungy tale of a gang of South London teens who have their hands full protecting their turf from a rival gang – from outer space. Special Mention Prize, Black Film Critics Circle Awards. 

Planet of the Apes

Other Dimensions: Planet of the Apes

  • Fri, Jun 22
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

One of the two great sci-fi films of 1968 (along with 2001) is this Rod Serling–Michael Wilson adaptation of Pierre Boulle’s visionary fable about astronauts discovering a planet on which the rules of evolution appear to be reversed. Knowing the film’s memorable ending doesn’t diminish the consistent wit and insight of this boldly satirical classic.  

Alphaville (1965)

Robots: Alphaville (1965)

  • Fri, Jun 22
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Jean-Luc Godard’s pioneering work of avant-garde sci-fi is set in a futuristic city on another planet, yet was filmed in a moody, contemporary nighttime Paris. Tough-talking, trenchcoat-wearing private eye Lemmy Caution (American actor Eddie Constantine) is sent to find a missing agent but stumbles upon the all-powerful computer Alpha 60, which has drained the city of emotion and hope. 

Fiend Without A Face (1958)

Creatures: Fiend Without A Face (1958)

  • Sat, Jun 23
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

A kindly Canadian professor conceives of a way to give mass to human thought, but the results turn out to be unexpectedly horrifying–and deadly. This low-budget but imaginative thriller features one of the most distinctive creatures in science fiction–the literal result of a “brainstorm.” 

Big Man Japan (2007)

Creatures: Big Man Japan (2007)

  • Sat, Jun 23
  • 7:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

Long before Pacific Rim, this modestly scaled but charmingly witty documentary-style action comedy told another tale of a Tokyo besieged by a succession of giant monsters. The city is defended here by a dutiful, unassuming, middle-aged slacker who has the unique gift of being able to transform into a supersized giant when his country needs him. As each new kaiju arrives, need him they do!  

Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

Robots: Colossus, The Forbin Project (1970)

  • Sun, Jun 24
  • 3:00 PM
  • Detroit Film Theatre

When the U.S. finally decides that nuclear war is too terrible a possibility to rest solely in the hands of fallible humans, they turn all of the nation’s defenses over to a “perfect” new super-computer called Colossus – an unemotional, logical decision-maker that can never be switched off or hacked. But since Colossus was designed and built by humans… 

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