The Wrong Man (1956)

Cinema Classics Seminar: The Wrong Man

Hitchcock Grab Bag
Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Instructor: Gary M. Kramer, Author and Film Critic
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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Influenced by Hitchcock's own experience of having being sent to jail (briefly, by his father) as a child, this suspenseful drama—based on actual events—follows one of Hitchcock's favorite themes: an innocent man wrongly convicted of a crime he didn't commit. A perfectly cast Henry Fonda plays Manny Balestrero, a jazz musician who is identified as a suspect in a series of neighborhood hold-ups and, despite vehement protests and claims of innocence, is seen as guilty by the authorities and sent to jail. Though Manny harbors a secret, he is hopeful that the truth will set him free. Meanwhile, his wife (Vera Miles, in a remarkable performance) starts to lose her mind in despair.

Hitchcock said he created "absolute authenticity" by shooting on locations where the real events took place, including an empty jail cell, and by casting real doctors to play psychiatrists. The result is a thriller with a compelling, documentary-like aesthetic, heightened by the auteur's patented sensibility. One of Hitchcock's most restrained and cerebral films, The Wrong Man is an underrated gem worthy of exploration. Join us to learn why.

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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  • Wednesday, July 12
    6:30pm 2017-07-12 18:30:00 2017-07-12 21:30:00 America/New_York Cinema Classics Seminar: The Wrong Man Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA