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.