Alfred Hitchcock Double Feature
For Hitchcock fans we have a special treat coming up on Sunday, August 7th at the Lawrence Arts Center Theater—a double feature of two of his greatest films, The Birds and North by Northwest. Hitchcock was not just the “the master of suspense” he was a master of the art of cinema. As a child he was fascinated with moving picture shows. As soon as he was old enough, he talked his way into a job of illustrator for title cards in silent movies. He quickly worked his way up to become a director. He even apprenticed under famed German director F. W Murnau. His tool chest was full of cinematic tricks. Through his use of the camera, shot composition, visual themes, montage and sound he completely controls your experience. His style is so fun and exciting you gladly let your self be manipulated by his artistry. Even simple things like how he coaches his actors how to hold their cigarettes speaks volumes as to what kind of people they are playing. Be sure to look for details like this when you watch these two great films.
Sunday August 7th
This was Hitchcock’s first film since the smash hit, Psycho. This original angry birds movie was three years in the making and Hitch’s biggest budget film to date at $3.3 million. The Birds was made during economic good times, but it was also a fearful time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Frederico Fellini had described the film as “an apocalyptic poem.”
It starts out as a screwball comedy--a flirtation between the couture-clad, fashion-plate Melanie (Tippi Hedren) and emotionally distant lawyer, Mitch Brenner (Rod Tayor). A practical joke becomes foreplay as an ex-girlfriend, little sister, mother and Melanie all compete for Mitch’s affections. Hitchcock had an obsession for these sorts of Freudian sexual complications. The film gradually drifts into being a horror film when, with no explanation, some of nature’s most innocent creatures begin to cause trouble leading to a sense of existential dread. It is a complex film with no resolution at the end. See it on a big screen in all its glory.
The following trailer is fun glimpse of Hitchcock’s dry humor.
North by Northwest
Our evening film was well suited to Cary Grant’s particular talents. It should be since from the beginning, it was tailored for his looks, manner and personality. It was this film which set the stage for the James Bond and later the Jason Bourne movies. When Ian Fleming was producing the first Bond movie, it was North by Northwest from which Bond was patterned. The role was offered to Grant, but was turned down.
North by Northwest, is often listed by critics as being one of the greatest films ever made. This fast-paced thriller is a cross-country adventure of Cold War intrigue and romance, all bathed in Hitchcock’s sly facetious wit. It is a roller coaster ride of mistaken identity which will have you scream as well as laugh. From the opening credits by the legendary Saul Bass to the United Nations, to the famous crop-dusting scene, to the face of Mount Rushmore, to the speeding train entering the tunnel, the “Master of Suspense” will keep you on the edge of your seat.
FREE SOCKS - Just for fun, we want lots of people to wear Mount Rushmore souvenir T-shirts, ties, belt buckles or hats to the movie. For any ticket holder clothed in the four presidents’ paraphernalia, get a coupon good for a free pair of Fits socks from Footprints.
Take a look at the original trailer for our movie.