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The Language of Film

The Master of Suspense: Alfred Hitchcock

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Feb 9, 10:00am
Rowe Center 10:00am
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The Language of Film
The Master of Suspense: Alfred Hitchcock

Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning

Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Senior Director, Education and Administration, Bryn Mawr Film Institute

By the mid-1950s, Alfred Hitchcock had been in Hollywood for 15 years. He had long since moved beyond the rockiness of his early American productions (like Rebecca), and was about to embark on the portion of his career that would see him soar, like The Birds, to new, Vertigo-inducing heights of filmmaking prowess, popular appeal and critical acclaim. In fact, by the time the ride ended a decade later, the director had long since lost sight of his peers out the Rear Window, and audiences and critics alike were going Psycho to find out what the Master of Suspense would take a stab at next. How did Hitchcock reach this pinnacle? Why does he occupy such a unique place in the cinematic firmament? Join us to discuss these questions and others, to see clips from a number of his classic films and to learn more about some of the director’s most notable cinematic trademarks: blonde women in trouble, danger in everyday places, Machiavellian matrons and, of course, his iconic cameos.

This presentation is part of Andrew Douglas' Language of Film series.

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Andrew J. Douglas

Andrew J. Douglas

Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D.,  is the founding director of education at Bryn Mawr Film Institute, having joined the organization in July 2005, four months after its opening. He also educates thousands of students about film each year through classroom visits and during field trips to BMFI, and he presents film lectures and programs to thousands of adults at a range of institutions and organizations in the region.

In addition to teaching at University of North Carolina and Northwestern, Douglas has been a visiting assistant professor at Whitman College in Washington and a member of the adjunct faculty at Dominican University outside of Chicago. Locally, he has been a lecturer in the Department of English at Cabrini College and in the Film Studies Program at Ursinus College.

Douglas greatly enjoys the films of Alfred Hitchcock, David Fincher, David Mamet and Michael Mann, and he counts among his all-time favorites The Awful Truth (1937), Strangers on a Train (1951), The Untouchables (1987), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), The Fugitive (1993) and The Social Network (2010). He has held a real Oscar, been used as an excuse for his grandmother to meet Robert Redford, and was dressed down by Harrison Ford, whom Douglas still thinks is America’s greatest living movie star.


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