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North by Northwest - Hitchcocktober inc Intro by Dr Stephane Duckett

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Hitchcocktober.

Honouring Alfred Hitchcock, Leytonstone’s favourite son, The Birds are proud to bring you sixteen of the legendary director’s favourite films in what we are calling Hitchcocktober. From Wednesday to Saturday in October, marvel at cinematic greats like Rope, North By Northwest. Psycho, Vertigo and many many more suspenseful classics which will leave you spellbound. Speakers, quizzes, props, stills and much more beside, The Birds is the place to be this October. The master of shadow comes out as we highlight some of his lovingly renowned gems. All movies are free, and we invite you to join us for a spectacle of film. Come early and sample all that The Birds has to offer, from craft beer to great food.

North by Northwest (PG) - 8PM
USA 1959 | Colour | 136 mins | Cert PG | Drama | Hollywood Classics| Thriller
Cast: Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Leo G Carroll, Martin Landau

Arguably Hitchcock’s most consistently entertaining movie, this romantic thriller comprises many of his most memorably virtuoso set-pieces. Thanks simply to a paging announcement in a hotel lobby, New York advertising man Roger O Thornhill finds himself the victim of a catastrophic case of mistaken identity; to clear his name – and stay alive – he suddenly has to leave town, first for Chicago, then on to South Dakota. En route, protection from his pursuers is provided by the evocatively named Eve… A masterpiece of the picaresque, famous for superb scenes set in locations suggestive either of claustrophobia or of agoraphobia (the UN building, a barren crop-field, an auction room, Mt Rushmore), it also charts, with a deceptively light touch, its protagonist’s progress from cynical detachment (the ‘O’ stands for‘nothing’) through a sense of vulnerability to eventual commitment.

Witty, impudently sexy, suspenseful throughout, this is Hollywood at its most urbanely glamorous. A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a governmentagent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

The film will be proceeded by a discussion with

Dr Stephane Ducket starting at 7.30pm

Dr Stephane Duckett is a clinical psychologist, currently working at the Royal Free Hospital in London. His academic writing has been published widely within his specialist field focusing on age discrimination and its impact on mental health. Having been born in Paris in 1958 and raised in 60s London, Dr Duckett studied at the University of Paris before completing his PhD at Temple University, Philadelphia, and gained a post-doctoral degree from the Free University of Amsterdam. His fascination with Hitchcock came out of a four-year study on how intensely creative people adapt to ageing. "Hitchcock in Context" is the offspring of that project.


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