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Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense

Evening Program

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0552
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Sir Alfred Hitchcock


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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With a career that spanned six decades, Sir Alfred Hitchcock was anointed the Master of Suspense for a slew of films that brought audiences to the edge of their seats. In fact, his distinctive style became known as Hitchcockian for its camera angles that made the viewer an uneasy voyeur in order to maximize anxiety and fear. Beneath the often- shocking surface images lurked a mesmerizing and richly layered subtext that reveals a far more sophisticated artistic ambition than he’s been given credit for. And his signature was to always make a cameo appearance in each of his films.

Join Marc Lapadula, a playwright, screenwriter, film producer, and senior lecturer in film and media studies at Yale University, as he peels back the layers of meaning beneath Hitchcock’s bold intentions and sheds the proper light on what this grandmaster of cinema so eloquently expressed in his films. Using clips from The 39 Steps, Notorious, Shadow of a Doubt, Suspicion, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, North by Northwest, Psycho, and The Birds, he highlights the magnum opus of a man who continues to be regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of world cinema.

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