Thursday, August 5, 2021, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
ON SITE: $25 for members, $35 for non-members
REMOTE CLASSROOM: $15 for members, $20 for non-members
Instructor: Andrew Owen, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, Lebanon Valley College
French New Wave filmmaker and Hitchcock devotee François Truffaut described North by Northwest (1959) as a perfect compendium of the director’s American movies, just as The 39 Steps is the synthesis of his British work. The two films have even more in common, not the least of which is the abundant Hitchcockian trait of depicting menace in everyday places. As described by The New Yorker upon its release, North by Northwest has “Hitchcock’s love of planting the grotesque in a commonplace setting, as if he were dropping water bombs out of a hotel window on a crowded sidewalk”—the perfect mechanism for generating the director’s unique combination of tension, shock, and comedy.
North by Northwest affords us a wonderful opportunity to examine the intrinsic components of the Hitchcock narrative, the essential qualities of his leading actors, and his incomparable cinematic technique. We will consider his irreverence for the political film, made so plain by his use of the Cold War climate as window dressing and his relegation of the struggle against enemy spies to the status of a MacGuffin. Learn about this essential Hitchcock storytelling tool, and so much more, when you join us for what Hitch himself called “a holiday fun trip . . . (with) a tasteful little murder.”
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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:
Please email BMFI education coordinator Jill Malcolm with any questions.