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Tuesday, January 04, 2011


Rhode Island film lovers of all ages are in for a treat.

Sunday matinees are back at Providence Public Library beginning January 23, and the theme is the films Alfred Hitchcock.

The Hitchcock Sunday Matinee series at the Central Library (150 Empire Street), Auditorium Theater (3rd floor), Providence. Films will be shown at 1:30-3pm and cost just $2 each.  Film buffs: attend every show and watch the last one free (the low charge offsets the cost of the series'  film license -- exact change is much appreciated).

In case of inclement weather, please check our website or your local news source for cancellations. Time permitting, canceled movies will be added to the end of the series.

Mark your calendars now

1/23: BLACKMAIL (1929) NR: 84 mins.
This movie is Hitchcock’s first “talkie.” In it, the illicit tryst of a young woman (Anny Ondra) leads to a sexual assault, blackmail and, eventually, murder.
1/30: YOUNG AND INNOCENT (1937) NR: 83 mins.
Robert Tisdall’s (Derrick De Marney) affair with a married actress ends abruptly when he discovers her body on a beach. Circumstantial evidence leads to Tisdall’s conviction for the murder, which he didn't commit. Rather than go to prison, he escapes to hunt the real killer with the help of the lovely Erica Burgoyne (Nova Pilbeam). George Curzon and John Longden co-star.
2/13: FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (1940) NR: 120 min.
Hitchcock’s classic thriller stars Joel McCrea as Johnny Jones, a naïve New York reporter sent on assignment to Europe on the eve of World War II. Amidst the volatile atmosphere of the impending war, Jones stumbles on a deadly conspiracy devised by Stephen Fisher (Herbert Marshall), whose spy ring masquerades as a peace organization. Fisher’s daughter Carol (Laraine Day) lends a hand as Jones races to expose the story -- and tries to stay alive.
2/20: SABOTEUR (1942) PG: 109 mins.
When aircraft plant worker Barry Kane (Robert Cummings) is wrongly accused of sabotage and murder, he embarks on a cross-country chase for the actual culprit in this classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller co-starring Priscilla Lane. Chock-full of breathtaking chase scenes, crisp dialogue (courtesy of co-writer Dorothy Parker) and stunning locations, this World War II-era story leads Kane to a stunning climax atop the Statue of Liberty.
3/13: LIFEBOAT (1944) NR: 96 mins.
Using a story by John Steinbeck as inspiration, master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock stages a gripping World War II drama by cramming eight survivors of a German torpedo attack into the hull of a tiny lifeboat. Among them are a journalist (Tallulah Bankhead), a radio operator (Hume Cronyn) and a woman (Heather Angel) clutching the corpse of her dead baby. But the real trouble starts when one of the survivors (Walter Slezak) reveals he’s a Nazi.
3/20: STAGE FRIGHT (1950) NR: 110 min.
Alfred Hitchcock takes Selwyn Jepson’s novel, preserves all the thrills from the page, and adds a dash of his own. Eve Gil (Jane Wyman), a drama student studying in London, learns that a friend, John Cooper (Richard Todd), has been implicated in the death of the husband of his lover, actress Charlotte Inwood (Marlene Dietrich). John has a plan to prove himself innocent, but needs Eve’s help, not to mention her talent. Can they pull it off?


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