With devious delight, Hitchcock used the language of film to create a world of apparent normality that often camouflaged our dark and sinister impulses.
This seven-week series explores his themes over a thirty-year-period. Each session runs approximately 2½ hours.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
When a niece discovers that her beloved namesake uncle is a serial murderer, Hitchcock shows us that evil not only runs perilously close to good, but also that the two course through the same blood. Hitchcock’s admitted favorite film is also one of his best.
Strangers on a Train (1951)
How to commit a perfect murder? Crisscross. When a tennis pro is propositioned by a suave psychopath to switch murders, Hitchcock cleverly shows our moral complicity in the actions of others.
Rear Window (1954)
Often cited as one of the greatest films ever made, Hitchcock’s suspenseful masterwork about voyeurism implicates us in the guilt we witness, whether through a telescope across an apartment building courtyard—or through a camera lens.
Re-evaluated by the French critics over the years as one of Alfred Hitchock’s most profound expressions of paranoia, love and death, this film is also frequently cited as being among the greatest ever made.
The granddaddy of all psychological thrillers, Hitchcock’s film makes a most compelling case for the perverseness arising from loving one’s mother too much.
The Birds (1963)
Daphne du Maurier reunites with Hitchcock in this tale of a nightmarish disruption in Mother Nature, when the most ubiquitous creatures on earth—its birds—decide to turn on us.
Hitchcock’s most arresting association of sex and violence, this film about a genial psychopath is his last masterpiece.
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Andrew Dickos is the author of Street with No Name: A History of the Classic American Film Noir and Intrepid Laughter: Preston Sturges and the Movies. His third book, Abraham Polonsky: Interviews, came out last winter from the University Press of Mississippi.
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