Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ returns to theaters

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http://www.ew.com/article/2015/02/25/rear-window-rerelease

Date: Sunday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 25

Time: 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time)

Run Time: 2 hours 7 minutes (approximate)

Ticketing: Tickets are available by clicking on the orange “Buy Tickets” button. If online ticketing is not available for your location, you can purchase your tickets by visiting the box office at your local participating movie theater.

Special Fathom Features: A specially produced introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz with the iconic film to immediately follow.

Spy through the “rear window” from the best seat in the house as TCM Presents: Rear Window arrives in select U.S. cinemas as a special two-day event on March 22 and 25, 2015 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time.

Presented by Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, this classic 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film stars Hollywood legends James Stewart and Grace Kelly and is digitally re-mastered for premium picture and sound quality. In addition to the film, movie buffs will also be treated to a specially produced introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.

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Widely considered one of Alfred Hitchcock’s very best films, Rear Window finds photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) wheelchair bound with a broken leg and confined to his tiny, sweltering courtyard apartment. To pass the time between visits from his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and his fashion model girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly), the binocular-wielding Jeffries stares through the rear window of his apartment at the goings-on in the other apartments around his courtyard. As he watches his neighbors, he assigns them such roles and character names as “Miss Torso” (Georgine Darcy), a professional dancer with a healthy social life or “Miss Lonelyhearts” (Judith Evelyn), a middle-aged woman who entertains nonexistent gentlemen callers. Of particular interest is a seemingly mild-mannered travelling salesman Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr), who is saddled with a nagging invalid wife. One afternoon, Thorwald pulls down his window shade, and his wife’s incessant shouting comes to a sudden halt. Out of boredom, Jeffries casually concocts a scenario in which Thorwald has murdered his wife and disposed of the body in gruesome fashion. Trouble is, Jeffries’ musings just might happen to be the truth.

This film is rated MPAA PG. Bonus content not rated.
This film will be shown in the same aspect ratio as when it was originally released in cinemas.
© 2015 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

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The 39 Steps (1935) – Alfred Hitchcock (Niall McArdle)

Dan Auiler:

Perceptive and engaging discussion of an early Hitchcock classic

Originally posted on A World of Film:

Summary: An innocent man is wanted for murder and drawn into a web of intrigue after foreign spies try to smuggle military secrets out of the country.

Spoilers, naturally, but really, you don’t watch a Hitchcock film for the plot (and the plot of The 39 Steps is rather silly and full of holes); rather you watch for the sheer verve with which it’s put together.

Annabella Smith: I had to get away from that theatre quickly; there were two men there who wanted to kill me.

Richard Hannay: Really, you should be more careful in choosing your gentlemen friends.

Something odd happened to Alfred Hitchcock in America. While his Hollywood films had bigger stars and were bigger successes than his early work, there is something bloated and self-indulgent about some of them, in stark contrast to the brisk and breezy English thrillers he made for Gaumont in the 1930s…

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Loris Lora looks for California modernism’s connections – LA Times

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“Eventually Everything Connects” works like a panorama, sweeping from private to public settings: the Eames’ house to the set of “Vertigo” to the Brown Derby and the Beverly Hills Hotel. Perhaps my favorite setting is a jazz club where Gerry Mulligan plays with Dave Brubeck while Claxton works his camera; in the audience are June Christy, Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-loris-lora-looks-for-california-modernisms-connections-20150225-story.html

My inspiration: Lauren Child on Alfred Hitchcock | Children’s books | The Guardian

This is a wonderful piece by a children’s author on the impact of Hitchcock on her work and life.

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LAUREN CHILD

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http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/feb/15/my-inspiration-lauren-child-alfred-hitchcock-ruby-redfort