Alfred Hitchcock: The Shape of Suspense

Event has passed (Thu Mar 14, 2013 - Wed Apr 24, 2013)
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
$5.50 - $9.50


Thursday, March 14, 2013
7:00 p.m. Vertigo
Alfred Hitchcock (U.S., 1958). IB Tech print! Introduction by film scholar Doug Cunningham. Detective Jimmy Stewart combs the Bay Area looking for the secret behind Kim Novak’s beauty in Hitchcock’s sinister ode to voyeurism, death, and amorous fixation. Voted best film of all time in 2012 Sight and Sound poll. “Perhaps the finest film starring San Francisco” (San Francisco Chronicle). (128 mins)

Sunday, March 24, 2013
5:00 p.m. The Man Who Knew Too Much
Alfred Hitchcock (U.S., 1956). This remake of Hitchcock’s own 1934 spy film stars Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day as an American couple caught up in a spy ring and an assassination attempt while visiting Technicolor Marrakech. “One of the suspense master’s best pictures” (San Francisco Chronicle). (120 mins)

Friday, April 5, 2013
7:00 p.m. The Wrong Man
Alfred Hitchcock (U.S., 1956). Hitchcock adopts the semidocumentary fashion of film noir to spin off the frightening possibilities when an innocent man, New York jazz player Manny (Henry Fonda), is named as the guilty party in a holdup. (105 mins)

Thursday, April 11, 2013
7:00 p.m. The Birds
Alfred Hitchcock (U.S., 1963). The Birds does for our fine feathered friends what Psycho did for showers, as a seaside community (Bodega Bay) is terrorized when seemingly normal birds turn suddenly and inexplicably malevolent. Noted for its rapid montage of attack sequences and Bernard Herrmann’s score, composed entirely of manipulated bird sounds. (120 mins)

Saturday, April 13, 2013
6:30 p.m. Rich and Strange
Alfred Hitchcock (U.K., 1931). New imported 35mm print! An inveterately bored couple use an unexpected inheritance to “suffer a sea change,” in Shakespeare’s words, and suffer they do, as one courts a gold-digger and the other a “gentleman” in Hitchcock’s early sound film, both suspense and comedy, both rich and very, very strange. (81 mins)

Saturday, April 13, 2013
8:15 p.m. Marnie
Alfred Hitchcock (U.S., 1964). Sean Connery is a wealthy magnate attracted to icy blonde Tippi Hedren—not only for her beauty, but because she’s a thief. Hitchcock’s controversial psychological mystery, part thriller, was for the director an exploration of “the fetish idea.” (130 mins)

Friday, April 19, 2013
9:00 p.m. Foreign Correspondent
Alfred Hitchcock (U.S., 1940). An apolitical reporter (Joel McCrea) in Europe during World War II gets drawn into an international espionage plot in Hitchcock’s quick-moving wartime entertainment, “the best spy thriller of all time” (American Cinematographer). None other than Josef Goebbels called it “a masterpiece of propaganda.” (120 mins)

Saturday, April 20, 2013
8:30 p.m. Psycho
Alfred Hitchcock (U.S., 1960). Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, and a hotel shower star in Hitchcock’s legendary, groundbreaking thriller. One of the most influential horror films ever made. Score by Bernard Herrmann and title design by Saul Bass. (109 mins)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
7:00 p.m. Frenzy
Alfred Hitchcock (U.K., 1972). A man accused of rape and murder plans a deadly revenge on the real killer in this disturbing London-set thriller. “Hitchcock at 73 proved he could still excite. . . . Although his vision of life here is bleak to the point of hopelessness, he is more comically macabre than ever” (Andrew Sarris). (116 mins)