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Hitchcock without Hollywood Film Series: “Suzhou River” – POSTPONED
Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
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In this film series series, Tom Zaniello will explore how Alfred Hitchcock’s idiosyncratic vision led other directors beyond Hollywood to attempt to create an alternative universe of Hitchcockian films – without him as director, of course. Through mostly foreign films, we will see that Hitchcock without Hollywood only seems unthinkable.
In addition to publishing a number of film studies books, Tom Zaniello has also written a true crime book, “California’s Lamson Murder Mystery: The Depression-Era Case that Divided Santa Clara County.” He is also in the process of writing a book titled “Hitchcock in the Funhouse.”
When five men make the mistake of interfering with the dreams of a newlywed (the formidable actress Jeanne Moreau), a devilish plot of surprises and mayhem created by Francois Truffaut, the New Wave director and the French expert on all matters Hitchcockian, unfolds.
April 17: “Suzhou River” (2000)
One of the rare Hitchcock-inspired films by an Asian director, Luo Ye’s “Suzhou River” is set along Shanghai’s dangerous and polluted river in Shanghai. Even more disturbing are two women who look so much alike, like Madeleine and Judy from Hitchcock’s “Vertigo,” that they simply must be the same person.
Tom Zaniello will present three short films. Chris Marker’s “La Jetee” (The Observation Deck), inspired by Hitchcock’s “Vertigo,” is a dystopian film set in a Paris ruled by autocrats challenged by the lead character’s imagination. Next, Luc Lagier’s short film, “Immemory,” explores Marker’s obsession with “Vertigo.” Finally, Martin Scorsese’s “The Key to Reserva,” that brings out the Hitchcockian complexity of a newly-discovered “lost” script.
This project was supported by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.