Weekend Matinees at 11:30am
Sun 16 Mar
The 39 Steps
directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Robert Donat, Madeline Carroll (1935)
A heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps follows Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) as he stumbles upon a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors—a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the pursued—as well as into an unexpected romance with the cool Pamela (Madeline Carroll). Adapted from a novel by John Buchan, this classic wrong-man thriller from the Master of Suspense anticipates the director’s most famous works (especially North by Northwest), and remains one of his cleverest and most entertaining films.
Sun 23 Mar
The Lady Vanishes
directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave (1938)
In Alfred Hitchcock’s most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, the beautiful Margaret Lockwood, traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster (Dame May Whitty), 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. Also starring Michael Redgrave, The Lady Vanishes remains one of the great filmmaker’s purest delights.
Sun 30 Mar
Shadow of a Doubt
directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten (1943)
A young woman (Teresa Wright) discovers her visiting Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) may not be the man he seems to be. It would appear that dear old Uncle Charlie is being pursued by a couple of detectives who suspect him of being “The Merry Widow Murderer”, an evil strangler wanted in connection with the deaths of several rich East coast widows.
Sun 6 Apr
directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck (1945)
Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) is a psychiatrist with a firm understanding of human nature—or so she thinks. When the mysterious Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck) becomes the new chief of staff at her institution, the bookish and detached Constance plummets into a whirlwind of tangled identities and feverish psychoanalysis, where the greatest risk is to fall in love. Featuring a famously delirious dream sequence by Salvador Dali!
directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring John Dall, Farley Granger, James Stewart (1948)
Two young men (John Dall and Farley Granger) murder their “inferior” classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family (including James Stewart!) to a dinner party as a means to challenge the “perfection” of their crime. Based on the real-life crime carried out by University of Chicago students Leopold and Loeb. The film is Hitchcock’s first Technicolor film, taking place in real time, edited to appear as a single take.
Sun 27 Apr
directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1946)
A brilliant allegory of love and betrayal, fusing two of Hitchcock’s favorite elements: suspense and romance. A beautiful woman with a tainted past (Ingrid Bergman) is enlisted by American agent Devlin (Cary Grant) to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. Her espionage work becomes life-threatening after she marries the most debonair of the Nazi ring, Alex (Claude Rains). Only Devlin can rescue her, but to do so he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he’s loved her all along. Stunning performances, Ben Hecht’s excellent script, and Hitchcock’s direction at its best make NOTORIOUS a perfect film.
Sun 4 May
Strangers on a Train
directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Farley Granger, Robert Walker (1951)
Onboard a cross-country train, psychotic socialite Bruno (Robert Walker) confronts pro tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder (each exchange victims, naturally!). When Guy’s wife turns up dead, Bruno begins putting pressure on the tennis pro to complete the bargain. This is why you should never talk to strangers…
Sun 18 May
directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly (1954)
Professional photographer L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate.
Sun 25 May
directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins
Credited with inventing the genre of the modern horror, Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO features Anthony Perkins as the lonely motel keeper Norman Bates. Bates presides over an out-of-the-way motel under the domineering specter of his mother. Janet Leigh plays Marion Crane, a blonde on the run with stolen money who checks into the motel for the night.
Sun 1 Jun
directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1975)
London is terrorized by a vicious sex killer known as the neck tie murderer. Following the brutal slaying of his ex-wife, down-on-his-luck Richard Blaney is suspected by the police of being the killer. He goes on the run, determined to prove his innocence. Hitchcock’s penultimate film was his last great film before his death.