Mark Schenker, Dean of Academic Affairs at Yale College and frequent lecturer on film and literature topics at venues throughout Connecticut, has been presenting lectures on the films of Alfred Hitchcock on successive Sunday afternoons in January. The series, which concludes this coming Sunday, has been one of the most popular programs here at Best Video. The lecture begins at 2 PM. Admission cost is $7.
Dean Schenker’s talks are both informative and fun, as attendees of his August lecture at Best Video on the historical context of the “Downton Abbey” TV series can attest.
The series concludes with one of the director’s classics:
Sun., Jan. 25: “North by Northwest” (1959), with Cary Grant as another of Hitchcock’s innocent men on the run in a movie that is a sophisticated blend of thriller, romance, and comedy.
From A.H. Weiler’s 1959 New York Times review:
Since he is a peripatetic operative who loves to beat about the bush while beating about the countryside, director Alfred Hitchcock and a covey of willing and able traveling companions have made “North by Northwest,” which was unveiled at the Music Hall yesterday, a suspenseful and delightful Cook’s Tour of some of the more photogenic spots in these United States.
Although they are involved in lightning-fast romance and some loose intrigue, it is all done in brisk, genuinely witty and sophisticated style. With Mr. Hitchcock at the helm, moving “North by Northwest” is a colorful and exciting route for spies, counterspies and lovers.
The lectures address aspects of the individual works, characteristics of Hitchcock’s art, and ways that participants can be better “readers” of film—more adept at what to look for and see in considering movies as work of art at no cost to their ability to entertain and enthrall us. Clips from each of the films will accompany the lectures.