Hitchcock: A Master in Transition
150 Minute Running Time
Join us Mondays in June as we rediscover Alfred Hitchcock in his mid-American phase: as he finds footing in his adopted land, and before the dark masterpieces that would round out his career. Taught by Walter Chaw
Classes Start at 7pm, and will run 2 1/2 to 3 hours each Monday, starting June 2nd.
Full Price for all 5 classes - $175 General / $150 DFS Member
Neophytes and veterans are invited to, over the course of five weeks, investigate the sources for his late obsessions as we untangle the early hints that led us to this place. We'll start with NOTORIOUS (1946), a perfect film in terms of structure and performance and a lovely counterpoint to CASABLANCA's war-torn bazaar. Then to the Patricia Highsmith adaptation STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951) and its obsession with image (reflective surfaces), homoeroticism, and circumstance.
We'll intersect with Montgomery Clift in the unfairly overlooked I CONFESS (1953) that finds Hitch at a crossroads with his own religious upbringing; then through REAR WINDOW (1954), a film about looking, being seen, and the direct antecedent of the Master's masterpiece on voyeurism, PSYCHO. Finally, we'll end on the fifth week with the flirtatious NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) - a film that's often identified as breezy and light that is, in reality, dark as pitch and a cynical rejoinder for a movie-going public that rejected his most personal project, VERTIGO. By the end of our five weeks, we'll develop a sense for this artist as he spirals toward the bleak, nihilistic masterpieces that mark his work into the sixties and slightly beyond. We'll understand the things that formed him, his collaborators, his enablers, and most importantly the things that disappointed him and drove him, as a certain Norman Bates would confess in 1960, "a little mad sometimes."
About the instructor:
Walter Chaw is senior film critic for award-winning website FilmFreakCenteal.net. He currently teaches for the University of Denver's " OLLI West " campus. His last book, MIRACLE MILE, was published summer of 2012.