The Philadelphia Film Society and Fox Searchlight Pictures presents a two-day retrospective of films by Alfred Hitchcock, in anticipation of the November 23 release of a new biographical feature, Hitchcock, directed by Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) and based on Stephen Rebello's non-fiction book, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.
This three film retrospective, made possible thanks to Fox Searchlight Pictures, brings back Hitchcock’s celebrated cinematic masterpieces by returning his most critically-acclaimed films to the big screen.
The retrospective begins on Wednesday, November 28 with a double feature of Hitchcock at 7pm followed by Psycho, the film that granted Hitchcock four Academy Award nominations, at 9pm.
REBECCA will screen on Thursday, November 29 at 7pm followed by The Birds at 9pm. All screenings will be held at the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.
Tickets are available online or in person at the door:
$5 – Philadelphia Film Society Members
$6 – General Admission
$10 – Four film package which includes; Hitchcock**, Psycho, Rebecca and The Birds
*Service fees may apply to online orders
**Film passes for Hitchcock will only be available in advance with a purchase of the four film package.
ABOUT THE FILMS
Wednesday, November 28
Lurking behind Alfred Hitchcock, cinema's "master of suspense" -- the extraordinary film icon known for orchestrating some of the most intense experiences of menace and intrigue audiences have ever seen, was a hidden side: his creatively explosive romance with his steadfast wife and filmmaking collaborator, Alma Reville.
Now, for the first time, Sacha Gervasi's HITCHCOCK lays bare their captivating and complex love story. It does so through the sly, shadowy lens of their most daring filmmaking adventure: the making of the spine-tingling 1960 thriller, PSYCHO, which would become the director's most controversial and legendary film. When the tumultuous, against-the-odds production was over, nothing about movies would ever be the same - but few realized that it took two to pull it off.
See the Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/rg/s/4/title/tt0975645/#lb-vi2501551129
Release Date: November 23, 2012
Runtime: 98 minutes
PLEASE NOTE: FILM PASSES FOR HITCHCOCK WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE WITH PURCHASE OF THE FOUR (4) FILM PACKAGE.
The Master's most notorious film is still terrifying after all these years, as larcenous Leigh picks the wrong place to spend a night: The Bates Motel (12 cabins, 12 vacancies... and 12 showers), run by a peculiar young man and his crotchety old "mother.'' Hitchcock's murder set pieces are so potent, they can galvanize (and frighten) even a viewer who's seen them before! Bernard Herrmann's legendary (and endlessly imitated) score adds much to the excitement. Script by Joseph Stefano from the Robert Bloch novel. Followed by three sequels (the last for cable TV) and a TV movie (BATES MOTEL) decades later, and remade in 1998.
See the Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/rg/s/4/title/tt0054215/#lb-vi607099161
Release Date: September 8, 1960
Runtime: 109 minutes
Thursday, November 29
Based on the famous novel by Daphne Du Maurier, this atmospheric drama is filled with the presence of a character that never appears - that of Rebecca, the beautiful, deceased wife of brooding, mysterious Max de Winter (Laurence Olivier). His second wife, a shy young former secretary (Joan Fontaine), finds her married life at the ancestral estate dominated by the continuing influence and pervasive presence of her predecessor - until she learns the truth about Rebecca’s life and death.
Release Date: April 12, 1940
Runtime: 130 minutes
THE BIRDS, 9:30pm
The story begins as an innocuous romantic triangle involving wealthy, spoiled Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), handsome Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), and schoolteacher Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette). The human story begins in a San Francisco pet shop and culminates at the home of Mitch's mother (Jessica Tandy) at Bodega Bay, where the characters' sense of security is slowly eroded by the curious behavior of the birds in the area. At first, it's no more than a sea gull swooping down and pecking at Melanie's head. Things take a truly ugly turn when hundreds of birds converge on a children's party. There is never an explanation as to why the birds have run amok, but once the onslaught begins, there's virtually no letup.
See the Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/rg/s/4/title/tt0056869/#lb-vi2022637849
Release Date: May 30, 1963
Runtime: 119 minutes
When & Where
The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS)’s mission is to utilize film’s unique capacity to engage a broad cross-section of the community, while further providing access to powerful films from around the world in order to increase education and understanding. It does so by annually producing a top-tier film festival featuring the best of American and International cinema, programming the Roxy theater, thereby providing daily access to films and experiences from which the Philadelphia community can be further engaged and educated, as well as by offering unique and varied screenings and events throughout the year that furthers the awareness of film as an important form of artistic expression and instrument of cultural change.