The Master of Suspense


18 July 2018

Very few filmmakers become household names, but Alfred Hitchcock is deservedly one of them. A true genius of cinema, Hitchcock’s films were deliriously entertaining, but they also had unfathomable hidden depths.

We’re marking the 60th anniversary of his most celebrated work, Vertigo, with a short season of some of his finest films, from Sat 28 July to Sun 19 August...

Vertigo (Sat 28 July - Wed 1 August)

Voted the greatest film ever made in 2012 by a panel of critics and filmmakers for Sight and Sound magazine, Vertigo's critical adoration is a relatively recent development. A defiantly strange, daringly enigmatic work, it was never intended to be just another exercise in suspense - Hitchcock had made a leap from master craftsman to artist.

The Lady Vanishes ( Sat 4 August)

From the greatest film ever made, to arguably the greatest comedy thriller ever made, The Lady Vanishes is the jewel in the crown of Hitchcock's early British period. In a dizzying, near-perfect 90 minutes, it packs in murder, mystery, espionage, romance, and some of the wittiest banter ever put on film. 

Shadow of a Doubt (Sun 5 August)

Hitchcock's personal favourite amongst his own films, and it's not hard to see why. A dark, cynical, and often funny look at suburban America and the evil and hypocrisy that it hides, Shadow of a Doubt is nothing less than the spiritual ancestor of Blue Velvet.

Frenzy (Wed 8 August)

'From the master of shock - A shocking masterpiece'! This dark, mordantly funny story of the hunt for a serial killer proved to be Hitchcock’s most controversial film. It is also rightly viewed as his final masterpiece.

Rebecca (Sat 11 August)

Hitchcock’s only Best Picture winner, Rebecca is one of his eeriest and most dream-like films. It is also perhaps his most beautiful. This new 4K restoration is worth revisiting for the immaculate performances of Laurence Olivier as an aristocratic widower and Joan Fontaine as the young woman who becomes his second wife.

Rear Window (Sun 19 August)

Both a tightly-wound thriller about a housebound photographer who spies on his neighbours and convinces himself one of them is a murderer, and Hitchcock’s most enjoyable deconstruction of his own craft, Rear Window is an unequivocal masterpiece which reminds us that watching films makes ‘peeping toms’ out of us all.

Be sure to join us to relive the wonderful work of Alfred Hitchcock on the big screen from Sat 28 July to Sun 19 August.

And don't forgot to share your thoughts using hashtag #helloDCA to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to DCA Cinema!

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