The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Cinema Classics Seminar: The Lady Vanishes

Hitchcock: Close Quarters!
Tuesday, July 10, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Instructor: Andrew Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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Alfred Hitchcock did not simply emerge from the primordial cinematic ooze a fully formed filmmaker, in the mid-1950s, to create classics like Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), and North by Northwest (1959). Indeed, by that time, Hitch had been directing pictures in Europe and the U.S. for nearly thirty years, during which time he developed his signature style and formulated his thematic approach to filmmaking.

The Lady Vanishes (1938) was an essential film in this development for a number of reasons. After three forgettable misfires, it was Hitchcock’s first hit since The 39 Steps (1935), and it reached a new level of critical and commercial success in Britain and abroad. This not only allowed him to regain his crown as Britain’s top director, but it also earned Hitchcock a ticket to Hollywood in the form of a lucrative (though ultimately stifling) contract from iconoclastic producer David O. Selznick. The film is rivaled only by North by Northwest for its success in balancing the suspense, romance, and comedy in the director’s unique cinematic cocktail, and it presents an early and thorough exploration of a significant Hitchcock motif: the doppelganger.

But these elements aside, The Lady Vanishes remains a classic from the Master of Suspense, which means you can count on seeing a woman in trouble, danger on a train, and, of course, a trademark cameo. Join us to learn more about a formative film in the career of a cinematic giant.

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. Students meet in the 2nd floor Multimedia room for an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. The film itself is shown in one of our theaters. Your ticket for the screening, as well as popcorn and a drink, are included with your registration.
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  • Tuesday, July 10
    6:30pm 2018-07-10 18:30:00 2018-07-10 21:30:00 America/New_York Cinema Classics Seminar: The Lady Vanishes Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA