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Alfred Hitchcock began making movies in his native England before moving in 1939 to Hollywood, where he steadily built on his reputation as a master of suspense. By the time of his death in 1980, Hitchcock was recognized as one of the pantheon filmmakers of the 20th century. Earlier this year, we presented the British Film Institute’s new DCPs of the director’s nine extant silent features, and this month we delve deeper into the Hitchcock canon.

The silent restoration campaign and Film Forum’s complete retrospective in New York have brought a number of infrequently screened Hitchcock films to our shores. With additional institutions around the country sharing expenses, we’re able to borrow rare prints from the archives of the BFI and, for the first time, Pinewood Studios. As with “the Hitchcock 9,” some of this work runs far afield from the thriller genre of THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH or SECRET AGENT. Domestic drama (THE SKIN GAME), marital satire (RICH AND STRANGE) and even screwball comedy (MR. & MRS. SMITH) were also part of the master’s art.

This two-month program mixes popular favorites including NORTH BY NORTHWEST, SHADOW OF A DOUBT and THE BIRDS with numerous rarities. Together with our January series, it offers the most comprehensive survey of the work of Alfred Hitchcock ever mounted at the American Cinematheque.

Series compiled by Grant Moninger and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by John Hagelston. This is part of the touring program organized by Film Forum and Harvard Film Archive. Special thanks to Bruce Goldstein and Haden Guest.


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The Master's nine surviving silents —
all newly restored by the BFI.

The Hitchcock 9 is a joint venture of the BFI, Rialto Pictures/ Studiocanal, and Park Circus/ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Restoration funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.

THE COMPLETE HITCHCOCK - TELEVISION at the Paley Center for Media
In the 1950s and 60s, Hitchcock truly became a household name with his groundbreaking weekly TV anthology series. Over two consecutive weekends (March 29-30 and April 5-6), The Paley Center for Media will present the twenty telefilms personally directed by The Master, along with rarely-seen interviews and documentaries. For complete schedule, go to paleycenter.org.

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NORTH BY NORTHWEST

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Introduction by Sandro Monetti, director of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles. Film will be preceded by a clip (8 min.) of Alfred Hitchcock receiving the BAFTA Fellowship, the highest honor bestowed by the organization.
NORTH BY NORTHWEST
1959, Warner Bros., 136 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Cary Grant gives one of his greatest performances as womanizing executive Roger Thornhill, whose cozy life of afternoon cocktails is turned upside down when he’s mistaken for an elusive government operative by suave villain James Mason and his murderous crony, Martin Landau. Eva Marie Saint co-stars as Mason’s elegant mistress, with the wonderful Jesse Royce Landis as Grant’s fur-clad society mom ("You gentlemen aren’t really trying to murder my son, are you?"). Includes some of the most superb set pieces ever filmed - from a seemingly innocuous cornfield to the monolithic Mount Rushmore. Brilliantly scripted by Ernest Lehman (THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS) and photographed by veteran Hitchcock collaborator Robert Burks (STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, REAR WINDOW).

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VERTIGO
1958, Universal, 128 min, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

With its hypnotic visuals and palpably wistful characters, director Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological suspense masterpiece VERTIGO continues to entrance audiences. Retired San Francisco police detective "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart) becomes obsessed with Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak), a troubled woman he is privately hired to follow. Before he can remotely understand Madeleine’s neurosis, tragedy strikes. Scottie’s obsession with the glacial blonde spirals out of control (literally, thanks to the retina-like coil designs of graphics great Saul Bass), and reaches a fever pitch when he stumbles upon Judy Barton (also played by Novak), a young woman who bears a striking resemblance to Madeleine. With Barbara Bel Geddes as Scottie's hopelessly overlooked admirer, Midge.


Egyptian Theatre • Sat, May 24, 2014 • 7:30pm
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Between features will be a screening of the documentary short:
Monsieur Truffaut Meets Mr. Hitchcock,” 1999, Fiction Factory, 30 min. Dir. Robert Fischer. François Truffaut Truffaut’s extended interview of fellow director Alfred Hitchcock has been a must-read for film buffs since its publication in 1967. This documentary traces the genesis of the book with interviews, rare documents and audio excerpts from the Hitchcock-Truffaut tapes.

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SABOTAGE
1936, Park Circus, 76 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

In this adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent (released in America as THE WOMAN ALONE), Scotland Yard investigator John Loder circles around movie theater owner Oskar Homolka and his wife, Sylvia Sidney, while trying to break up a terrorist network. Watch as the famous Hitchcock quote, about how a ticking bomb can distinguish between suspense and surprise, plays out on the streets of London.

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NUMBER 17
1932, Rialto Pictures, 63 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

This adaptation of J. Jefferson Farjeon’s hit West End play mixes suspense and farce as a group of people converge on the old dark house at the titular address, hoping to lay hands on a priceless diamond necklace (one of Hitchcock’s earliest “MacGuffins”). But no one is quite who they appear to be, and this rarely screened film will keep audiences guessing right up to the exciting finale on a runaway train. Starring Leon M. Lion, Anne Grey and John Stuart. Screening format: 35mmAero Theatre • Fri, Apr 11, 2014 • 7:30pm

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THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1934)
1934, Park Circus, 75 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Director Alfred Hitchcock’s first version of the thriller about a family of tourists drawn into international intrigue was one of the greatest successes of his pre-Hollywood career. Vacationing British couple Leslie Banks and Edna Best stumble onto an assassination plot; to ensure their cooperation, head killer Peter Lorre kidnaps their daughter. With a more charismatic villain and a climactic shootout (inspired by a real-life incident), this economical thriller is more sinister than Hitchcock’s 1956 remake.

SHADOW OF A DOUBT

1943, Universal, 108 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

What starts out as a charming portrait of idyllic small-town life gradually darkens into one of director Alfred Hitchcock’s most devastating thrillers. Teenager Teresa Wright’s romantic illusions about her beloved Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) are gradually shattered by the suspicion he may be the diabolical Merry Widow serial killer. Add to the mix a rewardingly rich tapestry of eccentric characters (Henry Travers, Hume Cronyn and Patricia Collinge are stand-outs in the cast), and you have one of Hitchcock’s most brilliantly constructed films.

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MR. & MRS. SMITH (1941)
1941, Warner Bros., 91 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Yes, there is a screwball comedy among the Hitchcock oeuvre, and a highly amusing one at that. When Robert Montgomery tells wife Carole Lombard that he wouldn’t marry her again, he soon regrets the joke - it turns out that, due to a technicality, their marriage was never valid, and that friend Gene Raymond has a thing for the suddenly available Lombard.

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RICH AND STRANGE
1931, Rialto Pictures, 83 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Released in America as EAST OF SHANGHAI, this quirky mix of satire and adventure, with vestiges of silent film, is also a rewarding look at marital relationships (and is said to be an early favorite of its director). London couple Fred and Emily Hill (Henry Kendall and Joan Barry) are roused from their humdrum lives by an inheritance from a rich relative, which they use to travel the world - until the now-wealthy couple are tugged apart by the promise of shipboard romances.

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Aero Theatre • Sun, Apr 13, 2014 • 7:30pm
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Introduction by Sandro Monetti, director of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles. Film will be preceded by a clip (8 min.) of Alfred Hitchcock receiving the BAFTA Fellowship, the highest honor bestowed by the organization.
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956)
1956, Universal, 120 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock remakes his own entertaining but lightweight 1934 thriller as a melancholy examination of the pleasures and nightmares of family life. When the son of James Stewart and Doris Day is kidnapped while on vacation, the couple’s long-simmering resentments threaten to get in the way of their attempts to rescue him. Although the film is rightly celebrated for set-pieces like the famous Albert Hall assassination sequence, the depth of Hitchcock’s vision is more effectively felt in the film’s quieter moments: The scene in which Stewart tells Day their son has been kidnapped is one of the most powerful in all of Hitchcock’s cinema.

UNDER CAPRICORN

1949, BFI, 117 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Director Alfred Hitchcock shot this film about a love triangle in 1830s Australia in long takes, à la ROPE, to explore the motivations of some very complex characters. Joseph Cotten is an Irish ex-convict turned successful landowner; Ingrid Bergman is his wife, being pushed toward alcohol-induced delirium until childhood acquaintance Michael Wilding appears. Jack Cardiff provides the striking Technicolor cinematography.

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Aero Theatre • Sat, Apr 19, 2014 • 7:30pm
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TO CATCH A THIEF
1955, Paramount, 106 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Retired cat burglar Cary Grant and ravishing American party girl Grace Kelly fall in love against a backdrop of fireworks, the French Riviera and a string of unsolved jewel robberies - all the while wearing some of Edith Head’s most stunning costumes. Alfred Hitchcock’s tongue-in-cheek soufflé, complete with surprisingly daring sexual innuendos for the time, is perfect escapist fare. With Charles Vanel (WAGES OF FEAR), Brigitte Auber.

TORN CURTAIN
1966, Universal, 128 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

With spy films all the rage in the mid-1960s, director Alfred Hitchcock delves into cloak-and-dagger territory in this underrated Cold War thriller. Physicist Paul Newman defects to East Germany with fiancée Julie Andrews - but he is actually a double agent on the hunt for missile technology. Fast-moving and beautifully shot, TORN CURTAIN includes indelible supporting performances from Lila Kedrova, Tamara Toumanova and Wolfgang Kieling (as a particularly hard-to-kill security officer), and a tense museum sequence that inspired a similar scene in Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.


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MARY

1931, Rialto Pictures, 78 min, Germany/UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Early talkies were occasionally produced in parallel in different languages, and this version of MURDER! made for the German market was shot on the same sets at the same time as the English-language thriller. A juror (Alfred Abel) who reluctantly voted to convict a woman (Olga Tschechowa) of murder investigates the case, trying to resolve his doubts before her execution. In German with English subtitles.

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THE SKIN GAME
1931, Rialto Pictures, 77 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Director Alfred Hitchcock zeros in on class conflict in this film - specifically the conflict between the old-money Hillcrest and the nouveau riche Hornblower families. The two face off at a land auction (in a sequence that’s among the best of Hitchcock’s early British talkies), but a young woman is ruined in the process. Edmund Gwenn and Phyllis Konstam are excellent as the industrialist Hornblower and his disgraced daughter-in-law.

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Aero Theatre • Sun, Apr 27, 2014 • 7:30pm
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Between features will be a screening of the documentary short:
Multilingual Murder: A Conversation Between Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut” (“Ein ‘Mord!’ In Zwei Sprachen: Alfred Hitchcock im Gesprach mit François Truffaut”), 2006, Fiction Factory, 13 min. Dir. Robert Fischer. This documentary short features audio excerpts from François Truffaut’s interview of Alfred Hitchcock as they discuss the latter’s English and German films of the same story (MURDER! and MARY).

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