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The Lady Vanishes (1938)
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Film Studies

Cinema Classics Seminar:
The Lady Vanishes

Hitchcock: Double Vision
Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm  
Instructor: Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Senior Director of Education, BMFI

Alfred Hitchcock did not simply emerge from the primordial cinematic ooze a fully formed filmmaker to create 1950s classics like Rear Window, Vertigo, and North by Northwest. Indeed, by that time Hitch had been directing pictures in Europe and the U.S. for nearly thirty years, over the course of which he developed his signature style and formulated his thematic approach to filmmaking.

Hitchcock began his directing career in relative obscurity in Germany, achieved success and fame in England, and then took off for America (like The Beatles). The biggest hit of his British period and the film that earned him a first-class ticket to Hollywood is The Lady Vanishes (1938). It was the highest grossing English movie to that point and remains on critics’ lists of the best films from that country to this day.

The Lady Vanishes is also notable for the ways in which it is uncharacteristic of Hitchcock’s larger body of work. It is a film that clearly takes a position on one of the era’s most important political questions; it features a matronly figure who is admirable, not diabolical; and instead of a troubled blonde as its main character, it has a spirited brunette (Margaret Lockwood). Yet this early picture also contains some of the elements for which Hitch would later become famous: the hazards of everyday places, dastardly doubles, the perfect cocktail of danger, humor, and sexiness, and, of course, an iconic cameo despite being made by the Master of Suspense when he was but a craftsman.

Are you interested in “just” seeing this movie? Additional showtimes can be found here.

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. All students receive an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. In addition, those who attend the seminar on site at BMFI receive a ticket to see it on the big screen, as well as popcorn and a drink.

Please note: There are two ways to attend in this seminar:

  1. On site, at BMFI, in one of our theaters: Register online, via the “ON SITE” button under the “Course Information” heading.
  2. You will also be able to “attend” this seminar in our Remote Classroom, but it is currently undergoing renovations. Please check back or sign up for our emails to find out when it’s reopening.

Please email BMFI Education Coordinator Jill Malcolm with any questions.


Course Information

$25 for members, $35 for non-members

On Site

  • Tuesday, June 21 · 6:30 pm