Scare Tactics: Six by Hitchcock

Rear Window (1954)
  • August 31, 2014 - 4:00pm

Scare Tactics: Six by Hitchcock presents REAR WINDOW

A temporarily wheelchair-bound photojournalist is convinced that a murder has been committed in the apartment across the way. Considered by many to be one of Hitchcock's best, REAR WINDOW screened at the 1954 Venice Film festival, received four Academy Award nominations, is ranked #48 on the AFI's Top 100 movie list, and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. "It's an astonishing visual and psychological coup. Hitchcock's brilliant satire of cramped city life and his masterly evocation of urban voyeurism suddenly generate primal fear and profound insight. Stewart displays a formidable capacity for prurient interest and self-loathing, and everything Kelly does is 'proper' yet enchantingly sexual; it's her most charged and charming performance ever." Michael Sragow, The New Yorker.

1954; with James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter; 112 minutes


The Lone Star Film Society’s ArthouseFW and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth finish out the summer with an exciting series showcasing six pivotal Alfred Hitchcock films. The selected films explore the power of Hitchcock’s distinctive style in two of his nine silent films and four of his later masterpieces.

Over a career spanning more than half a century, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, nicknamed the Master of Suspense, fashioned a distinctive and recognizable directorial style. His pioneering camera techniquemimicking a person's gaze, forces viewers to engage in a disturbing form of voyeurism. His framed shots maximize anxiety, fear, or empathy, and his use of innovative film editing is legendary. Hitchcock stories often feature fugitives falsely accused and on the run from the law with "icy blonde" female beauties as their accomplices and/or nemeses. Renowned for their surprise twist endings, thrilling plots and witty dialogue, his films often borrow themes from psychoanalysis and feature highly artistic depictions of intrigue, murder and crime. 

Often regarded as the greatest British filmmaker, Hitchcock was first choice in a 2007 poll of film critics in Britain's Daily Telegraph, which said: "Unquestionably the greatest filmmaker to emerge from these islands, Hitchcock did more than any director to shape modern cinema, which would be utterly different without him. His flair was for narrative, cruelly withholding crucial information (from his characters and from us) and engaging the emotions of the audience like no one else.”

Screenings will be held in the Modern Art Museum Auditorium. The screenings of BLACKMAIL and THE LODGER will feature live musical accompaniment. Tickets are $9/$7 for Modern members and $6 for Modern Reel People and Lone Star members. Tickets may be purchased in advance at or by calling the Modern, 817.738.9215. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Modern beginning two hours prior to show time.