Friday, September 24 – 8 PM
Starring Carl Boehm, Moira Shearer. Directed by Michael Powell.
(1960, 106 mins.) Unrated, but not recommended for children.
This British-made film premiered within a few months of “Psycho,” and the two are often compared. Indeed, “Peeping Tom,” about a psychologically damaged young man driven to kill women, is every bit the dark story of madness and murder that “Psycho” is. It also shares themes of voyeurism and repressed desire with “Rear Window” and “Vertigo.” But if those three films ultimately cemented Hitchcock’s reputation as “The Master” of psychological thriller and horror films, “Peeping Tom” all but destroyed the career of Michael Powell, who had been one of Britain’s top directors. It was denounced and banned as prurient exploitation, and all but forgotten until Martin Scorsese lauded it as groundbreaking and personally arranged for its re-release. It is both more frank and yet more subtle in its exploration of its themes than any of Hitchcock’s works. And it is also a provoking meditation on the appeal of cinema, which is inherently voyeuristic. A half century later, it retains its considerable psychological impact. Don’t miss this rare screening.
Saturday, September 25 – 6 PM
Starring Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young. Directed by Orson Welles.
(1946, 95 mins., B&W) Unrated, but suitable for most audiences.
Often considered to be the most “conventional” film that Welles directed, “The Stranger” tends to be overlooked amid “Citizen Kane,” “A Touch of Evil” and his other more famous titles. But this cat-and-mouse hunt to unmask a Nazi war criminal hiding in a sleepy Connecticut town still brims with Welles’s flair, such as his extraordinary use of lighting and shadow, long focus and dramatic camera angles. It’s also a first-rate thriller thanks to a great performance by Welles, and also by Robinson. The theme is a familiar one to Hitchcock fans: evil amid the ordinary, and at least one notable scene have something in common with Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt.”
Saturday, September 25 – 8:20 PM
Starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn. Directed by Stanley Donen.
(1963, 113 mins., Color) Unrated, but suitable for most audiences.
Audrey Hepburn is an innocent woman caught in a web of intrigue and deceit when her husband is murdered and she discovers she knew very little about him that was true. As she is pursued by three men who were apparently her husband’s accomplices in the theft of a large sum of money, she looks to Cary Grant for help — but it turns out he has layers of secrets too, including multiple aliases. Soon, neither the increasingly desperate Hepburn nor the audience knows what to believe or whom to trust. Stanley Donen, better known for making musicals, borrowed some of Hitchcock’s favorite plot devices to craft this stylish thriller that also mixes in romance and comedy. Includes beautiful location cinematography of early ’60s Paris, and a great score by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini.
Admission per film for this film series: $6 for Adults, $4 for Seniors (65+) and Children (12 & younger).
Saturday, October 2 – 7:30 PM
The Mark of Zorro
Musical accompaniment by Chris Elliott playing the 4/23 Wonder Morton Theatre Pipe Organ
(from GSTOS’s event announcement:)
This 1920 classic swashbuckling silent film stars Douglas Fairbanks as Zorro. It is full of plot twists as Zorro evades pursuit while fighting all oppressors. Fairbanks played the double role of the meek and socially uncomfortable Don Diego Vega and by contrast the dashing and mysteriously romantic Zorro. The film’s intrigue and comedy is compounded by his love interest Lolita, who is annoyed by Don Diego Vega but charmed by Zorro, never knowing he is one and the same. Remarkable in this day of special effects and stand-ins is that Fairbanks performed all his own athletically demanding stunts. It has an appealing blend of adventure, romance, athleticism, comedy and swordplay, which continues to appeal to today’s audiences. Slashing his well-know trademark Z, Zorro leads the way to “Justice for All.”
Tickets at the door: $10. Doors open at 7:00 pm.