Hitchcock in Winter

Alfred Hitchcock belongs to that sparsely populated category of filmmakers that are universally and unequivocally hailed as the greatest filmmakers of all time: the likes of Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, Federico Fellini, Charles Chaplin, John Ford, Jean-Luc Godard, Andrei Tarkovsky, and a few others. But apart from adorning pages of film history with golden letters, all the aforementioned laureates share another, less flattering trait: their late-career works are generally considered to be lesser—sometimes embarrassingly lesser—and not only in comparison with their masterpieces. Some film historians and fans wish that Kubrick had never made Eyes Wide Shut, that Tarkovsky had stayed in the Soviet Union and Welles and Chaplin in Hollywood, and that Hitchcock had concluded his terrific career with The Birds, his ultimate box office sensation that also received universal critical acclaim. But is The Birds truly, in the words of venerable film historian David Thomson, Hitchcock’s “last unflawed film”? As winter approaches, our Hitchcock in Winter series will challenge that brazen assumption by screening Hitchcock’s final five pictures, hopefully demonstrating that the Master of Suspense not only retained his touch in the final decades of his creativity, but, perhaps, finally matured.

Date:
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Hitchcock in Winter. Tippi Hedren is Marnie, a troubled kleptomaniac haunted by her past, who becomes the object of wealthy Sean Connery’s affection. This gripping sexual drama pits obsession against repression and rotating roles of predator and prey.
Date:
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Time:
2 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Hitchcock in Winter. Tippi Hedren is Marnie, a troubled kleptomaniac haunted by her past, who becomes the object of wealthy Sean Connery’s affection. This gripping sexual drama pits obsession against repression and rotating roles of predator and prey.
Date:
Friday, November 17, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Hitchcock in Winter. Hitchcock’s fiftieth film unfolds in the middle of Cold War espionage. Paul Newman, in his only collaboration with the master of suspense, plays a controversial American nuclear scientist whose supposed defection to East Germany causes a furor. Dutiful assistant and fiancée Julie Andrews tags along but finds herself torn between her sense of patriotic duty and the man she loves.
Date:
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Hitchcock in Winter. Hitchcock’s second venture into the murky world of Cold War espionage is an elaborate yarn of a French intelligence officer who becomes involved both in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and then plays a key role in breaking up an international Soviet spy ring.
Date:
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Hitchcock in Winter. Hitchcock’s penultimate feature was his first return to British production in two decades. It focuses on a rapist-murderer terrorizing the women of London, with the wrong man being accused for the crimes.
Date:
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Hitchcock in Winter. Hitchcock’s penultimate feature was his first return to British production in two decades. It focuses on a rapist-murderer terrorizing the women of London, with the wrong man being accused for the crimes. 
Date:
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
Hitchcock in Winter. In Hitchcock’s droll and delightful final film, Bruce Dern returned to work for the master of suspense (after having appeared in Marnie and two episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour). Dern plays a cab driver turned detective, who, along with his phony-psychic girlfriend, is hot on the trail of a couple of kidnappers.