Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt ('43) @4:50; North by Northwest w/Cary Grant @7:00

Choose one or both: I will be in lobby before each.

4:50 "Shadow of a Doubt" (1943)

7:00 "North by Northwest" (1959)

1) "Shadow of a Doubt":

Perhaps Hitchcock's own personal favorite, "Shadow of a Doubt" peels away the wholesome facade of small town America; the film features an excellent performance by Joseph Cotten ("Citizen Kane," "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte") as oh-so-likeable Uncle Charlie, who Teresa Wright (Oscar winner for "Mrs. Miniver" with Greer Garson) suspects may be "The Merry Widow Murderer."

Oscar nominated screenplay by Thornton Wilder ("Our Town"), Hitchcock's wife Alma Reville, and Sally Benson (author of "Meet Me in St. Louis").

According to TCM:

"Hitchcock especially liked "Shadow of a Doubt", he said, "because it was one of those rare occasions where you could combine character with suspense."

Very Intriguing Article in SLANT (excerpt):

"The film's affection for idealized Americana is authentic, yet, as filtered through the outsider director, there is a "Is that all there is?" feel to the sun-dappled parks and social meetings that clearly posits Teresa Wright's burgeoning awareness as the film's developing consciousness.

The insulated perfection of Santa Rosa is questioned by Cotten's intrusion, which calls attention not to how different he is from the rest of it but how much a part of it he remains."

2) 7:00: "North by Northwest" w/Cary Grant, James Mason, Eva Marie Saint (Oscar winner for "On the Waterfront")

Simply one of the best, most enjoyable films by anyone: Great cast, perfect score by Bernard Herman, fast moving plot, amazing scene on Mount Rushmore. "The ultimate Hitchcock film."

Jane and Simba or Meetup sign will be in lobby until previews start.

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  • jane d.

    2 outstanding films, very different from each other; fun group.

    January 10, 2013

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