Dial M for Murder (1954)

Cinema Classics Seminar: Dial M for Murder

Hitchcock: Close Quarters!
Tuesday, July 24, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Instructor: Andrew Owen, Ph.D., Department of Sociology and Criminology, Cabrini University
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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Francois Truffaut claimed that he could watch Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder (1954) over and over and enjoy it more each time. Adapted from Frederick Knott’s stage play, the film is an impartial examination of the immorality, duplicity and ultimately, criminality, which can thrive within the murky confines of the marriage pact. It is also the first of three films to benefit from the brief but sparkling collaboration between Hitchcock and Grace Kelly, who plays a wealthy socialite married to a vengeful cuckold (Ray Milland).

Originally shot in 3D, the film is a testament to Hitchcock’s particular ability to bring works created for the stage to the screen. The director transforms a seemingly comfortable apartment into a concentrated, claustrophobic environment rife with suppressed intensity, perfectly mimicking the characters’ veneers of civility and social convention, which they use to obscure the adulterous liaisons and ruthless blackmail that fester just beneath the surface. In so doing, Hitchcock, in the words of Leonard Maltin, “manages to squeeze every drop” of suspense out of this simmering “howdunit”.

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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    6:30pm 2018-07-24 18:30:00 2018-07-24 21:30:00 America/New_York Cinema Classics Seminar: Dial M for Murder Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA