Scare Tactics: Six by Hitchcock presents THE 39 STEPS
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A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent, but when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring trying to steal top-secret information. "At 35, with more than a dozen features already under his belt, the director triumphed with this dazzling mixture of spycraft, banter, expository nonsense and manic chases along the Scottish Highlands." Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out.
1935; with Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Dame Peggy Ashcroft; PG; 87 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 athttp://lonestarfilmsociety.com/ 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.