Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Film Studies

Cinema Classics Seminar:
Foreign Correspondent

Hitchcock: Espionage!
Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm  
Instructor: Ray Saraceni, Ph.D., Eastern University

The year is 1940. With World War II raging in Europe, the Roosevelt administration is working with Hollywood studios to produce films that might discourage attitudes of non-interventionism and arouse sympathy for the plight of Great Britain. Alfred Hitchcock’s second American motion picture, Foreign Correspondent (1940), accomplishes both these aims—and yet it is far more compelling than a mere propaganda picture would be. The tale of a naïve American newspaper man (Joel McCrea) sent to report on conditions in Europe as the continent teeters on the brink of war—and who shortly finds himself drawn into a complex international conspiracy—Foreign Correspondent is filled with dazzling special effects and bravura set pieces, not to mention Hitchcock’s trademark combination of spine-tingling suspense and tongue-in-cheek mischievousness. 

Our seminar will explore this often-overlooked film as both a propaganda piece and a successful thriller. We will consider those elements that made the film so exciting and memorable for contemporary audiences—and which earned it six Academy Award nominations. Not least, we will also consider Hitchcock’s many collaborators on this project—from famed production designer William Cameron Menzies (Gone with the Wind, Rebecca) to the celebrated German performer Albert Bassermann (The Red Shoes)—and the various ways in which they each contributed to the making of an unforgettable film.  

Are you interested in “just” seeing this movie? Visit the public screening page 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 in attendance receive a ticket to see it on the big screen, as well as popcorn and a drink. Please note: the screening associated with this seminar will be open to the public, as well.

Please email BMFI Programs and Education Coordinator Jill Malcolm with any questions.


Course Information
  • Tuesday, July 16 · 6:30 pm

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