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Hitchcock’s Dopplegängers: Niagara (1953)
Friday, March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hitchcock loved doubles or dopplegangers in his films: Henry Fonda is mistaken for a thief in “The Wrong Man,” Cary Grant doesn’t even know who he is supposed to be in “North by Northwest,” and there are at least three Madeleine’s in “Vertigo,” two of whom were played by Kim Novak. But this new series of Friday night films feature three directors who wanted to out-do Hitchcock or at least direct films that viewers would say were “Hitchcockian.”
Tom Zaniello has been talking about Hitchcock ever since he saw the first episode of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” on TV in the 1950s. Since then, he has taught several Hitchcock courses and organized Hitchcock film series at Hill Center. In addition to publishing a number of film studies books, he has also written a true crime book, “California’s Lamson Murder Mystery: The Depression-Era Case that Divided Santa Clara County.” Zaniello will be screening three films and discussing Hitchcock copy cats.
March 1: “Niagara,” directed by Henry Hathaway
Marilyn Monroe has a surprise role in “Niagara” (1953) that ends with a re-creation of the final tower sequence from Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.” Marilyn and Niagara Falls were billed in the film’s publicity as “raging torrents of emotion that even nature can’t control!”
Gregory Peck is mistaken for a spy in “Mirage” (1965), with a cast that includes an early screen appearance of Walter Matheau and a radiant Diane Baker who should have been a Hitchcockian heroine but could only get a secondary role in his “Marnie.”
The wonderful Audrey Hepburn plays a blind woman besieged and assaulted by a gang of nasties led by a vicious Alan Arkin in “Wait Until Dark” (1967).