Film Auteurs: Hitchcock & Beyond

Friday, August 24 at 2pm

HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT

Kent Jones (U.S. 2015) 80 min. DCP.

In 1962 Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the cinematic secrets of mise-en-scène. Based on the original recordings of this meeting — which were used to produce the legendary book Hitchcock/Truffaut (1966) — critic and programmer Kent Jones’ recent film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time, plummeting us into the world of creation around classics such as Psycho and Vertigo. Hitch’s surpassingly modern art is elucidated by today’s leading filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Wes Anderson and Paul Schrader.

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Friday, August 31 at 2pm

THE LODGER – Digital Restoration!

Alfred Hitchcock (UK 1926) 90 min. DCP. With Ivor Novello, June, Marie Ault. Silent with Live Musical Accompaniment!

Described by the Master himself as “the first true Hitchcock movie,” this thriller is set in a fog-bound London terrorized by a Jack the Ripper-style murderer. His victims, all young blonde women, are discovered each Tuesday night. Matinée idol Novello stars as a mysterious new lodger in a London boarding house. Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Network Releasing and Park Circus Films.

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Friday, September 7 at 2pm

THE LADY VANISHES 

Alfred Hitchcock (UK 1938) 96 min. 35MM. With Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas.

In Hitchcock’s quick-witted and devilishly comic thriller, the beautiful Margaret Lockwood, traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster, who then seems to disappear into thin air. The younger woman turns investigator and finds herself drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure.

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Friday, September 14 at 2pm

BON VOYAGE and AVENTURE MALGACHE 

Alfred Hitchcock (UK 1944) French with English subtitles. 35MM.

Hitchcock returned to Britain to make his contribution to the Allied war effort with two French-language films produced for the British Ministry of Information and intended to encourage resistance in France and, especially, the French colonies. In Bon Voyage (26 min. With the Molière Players), a Scottish air gunner who has escaped from a POW camp in Germany and made it safely back to Britain is interrogated by a Free French Intelligence officer. In Aventure Malgache (31 min.), the French underground resistance in Madagascar is threatened with exposure by the jealous girlfriend of one of the resistance leaders.

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Friday, September 21 at 2pm

ON DANGEROUS GROUND 

Nicholas Ray (U.S. 1951) 82 min. 35MM. With Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond, Ed Begley.

Increasingly violent and desensitized to the brutality of his city beat, Robert Ryan’s detective is reassigned to a case in a rural town, far from the mean streets. When a young woman is murdered, her enraged dad (Bond) and the disillusioned cop team up to track down the suspect. Chasing him through a famous sequence of sublime snowy landscapes, they come to a cabin where Mary (Lupino) lives alone in the wilderness, a literal and figurative beacon of hope in a blizzard of despair. Ray’s aesthetic resonates in a transcendent visual tension between the dark, claustrophobic downtown and the bright, barren north.

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Friday, September 28 at 2pm

THE HITCH-HIKER

Ida Lupino (U.S. 1953) 71 min. DCP. With Edmond O’Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman.

Two buddies set out for a Baja fishing trip, pick up the titular hitchhiker and quickly become his captives. Ida Lupino, an A-list Hollywood actress, pioneering filmmaker and the only woman to direct an American film noir, sets her thriller in the harsh Mexican landscape. There she stages the terrorization of two ordinary, middle-class businessmen by a maniacal serial killer – a twisted embodiment of anarchic masculinity and uncontrollable psychotic rage.