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Academy Screens Double Feature of Hitchcock Classics
Written by Diana Saenger   

shawow_of_a_doubt200.jpgAs part of its Gold Standard series and in conjunction with its Fourth Floor Gallery exhibition "Casting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a double feature of Hitchcock films, Shadow of a Doubt and Lifeboat, on Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.  New prints of both films from the Academy Film Archive will be screened.  

Shadow of a Doubt, the 1943 thriller starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten,received an Academy Award-nomination for Writing - Original Motion Picture Story (Gordon McDonell).   The film is set in Santa Rosa, California, where small-town bliss is interrupted by an evil visitor.

Lifeboat (1944) received Academy Award nominations for Black-and-White Cinematography (Glen MacWilliams), Directing (Hitchcock) and Writing - Original Motion Picture Story (John Steinbeck).   The film is set entirely on a lifeboat during WWII and stars Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak and John Hodiak.

Though Hitchcock presented himself as the sole author of his work, the director was in fact a deeply collaborative artist, working intensely with actors, producers, cinematographers, screenwriters, editors, and production and sound designers to create what the public knew as "an Alfred Hitchcock film."  

Through film clips, drawings, photographs, paintings, storyboards and script pages from Shadow of a Doubt, Lifeboat and other Hitchcock classics, the "Casting a Shadow" exhibition reveals how Hitchcock's colleagues contributed critical ideas and how the films were crafted, sometimes frame by frame, as a collective enterprise.

The Fourth Floor Gallery will be open for special viewing hours from 5 to 7 p.m. and after each screening.  

 



                       

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