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AFI at ArcLight—ALFRED HITCHCOCK

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AFI at ArcLight Hollywood--ALFRED HITCHCOCK

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4th at 8:00 PM

NOTORIOUS (1946) 103 MIN 35MM
DIR Alfred Hitchcock SCR Ben Hecht
CAST Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains

Alicia (Ingrid Bergman) is notorious. Since her father's conviction for treason, she's been known to seduce a man or two and enjoy a cocktail. However, Alicia is unprepared for the fallout that her attraction to handsome government agent T. R. Devlin (Cary Grant) brings when he sends her on a deadly mission to spy on a ring of neo-Nazis in Rio de Janeiro.

NOTORIOUS, a psychological thriller that explores political and sexual betrayal, is one of the most elegant examples of Hitchcock's visual style. The notorious three-minute kiss--broken up with bits of dialogue to meet the production code's three-second limit--during which Bergman and Grant never leave each other's arms remains one of the supremely sensuous love scenes in the movies.

Alfred Hitchcock is the recipient of the 1979 AFI Life Achievement Award.

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#38 on AFI 100 Years...100 Thrills and #86 on the AFI 100 Years...100 Passions list.



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11th at 8:00 PM

REAR WINDOW (1954) 112 MIN 35MM
DIR Alfred Hitchcock SCR John Michael Hayes (based on a short story by Cornell Woolrich)
CAST James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr

One of Alfred Hitchcock's finest efforts, REAR WINDOW is a crackling suspense film that also ranks as one of the most trenchant dissections of voyeurism in the movies.

Laid up with a broken leg, photojournalist L. B. Jefferies (James Stewart) is confined to his tiny, sweltering apartment. To pass the time between visits from his nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter) and Lisa, his fashion model girlfriend (Grace Kelly), the binocular-wielding Jefferies stares through the rear window of his apartment into the other apartments around his courtyard. Of particular interest is mild-mannered traveling salesman Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr), who is saddled with a nagging, invalid wife. One afternoon, Thorwald pulls down his window shade, and his wife's incessant bray comes to a sudden halt. Out of boredom, Jefferies concocts a scenario in which Thorwald has murdered his wife and disposed of the body. Trouble is, Jefferies' musings just might be true.

Alfred Hitchcock is the recipient of the 1979 AFI Life Achievement Award.

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#48 on the AFI 100 Years...100 Movies - 10th Anniversary Edition list and #14 on the AFI 100 Years...100 Thrills list.



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18th at 8:00 PM

PSYCHO (1960)
109 MIN 35MM DIR Alfred Hitchcock SCR Joseph Stefano (based on the novel by Robert Bloch)
CAST Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Alfred Hitchcock once said in an interview, "You have to remember that PSYCHO is a film made with quite a sense of amusement on my part. To me it's a fun picture." It remains one of the most disturbing fun pictures ever made. The famous 45-second shower sequence, which took seven days to shoot and 70 camera setups, retains its place in film history as one of the most traumatic eruptions of screen violence. Hitchcock's prying camera movements and point-of-view shots continually tease viewers with the voyeuristic pleasure at the core of movie-watching, only to shock them with the horror of what they wanted to see. PSYCHO encourages meditation, not just on Hitchcock's pleasure in terror, but also our own.

Alfred Hitchcock is the recipient of the 1979 AFI Life Achievement Award.

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#1 on the AFI 100 Years...100 Thrills list and #14 on the AFI 100 Years...100 Movies - 10th Anniversary Edition list.



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25th at 8:00 PM

THE BIRDS (1963) 119 MIN 35MM
DIR Alfred Hitchcock SCR Evan Hunter (based on the short story by Daphne Du Maurier) CAST Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright

A picturesque California oceanfront town, an attractive blonde and two charming lovebirds--so why were audiences so shaken? Director Alfred Hitchcock masterfully crafted Daphne Du Maurier's short story about a village overtaken by flocking birds into one of the greatest horror films of all time. Tippi Hedren is timeless heroine Melanie Daniels, and the picture's use of silence, interwoven with groundbreaking electronic sounds instead of a traditional musical score, created an eerie feeling of calm before the storm. In the mid-1960s, THE BIRDS wasn't considered an environmental film, but critics today often see it as a cautionary tale of nature revolting against man.

Alfred Hitchcock is the recipient of the 1979 AFI Life Achievement Award.

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#7 on the AFI 100 Years...100 Thrills list.



 

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Classic Hollywood