Event alert: Hitchcock. The Castro Theater in San Francisco will present two early espionage classics from the Master of Suspense this Sunday! This is my favorite Hitchcock era, when the director was still rooted in England and spun tales that often echoed the tradition of invasion-paranoia stories. Like Lang's films (but funnier!), the movies were populated with mysterious characters and secret agents. The Lady Vanishes (3:30, 7:00) is a great cocktail of comedy and suspense on the rails, where playgirl Margaret Lockwood uncovers a conspiracy involving the disappearance of an elderly passenger. Michael Redgrave, in his first major role, plays her only ally in the web of intrigue. (1938, 96 min, 35mm)." And in The 39 Steps (5:20, 8:50), Robert Donat plays the quintessential Hitchcockian innocent drawn into a deadly plot involving secret plans and foreign operatives. This classic thriller was one of Hitchcock’s first major international successes and introduced a number of his future hallmark elements. (1935, 86 min, 35mm). Spy Vibers in the Bay area should catch these gems of the big screen- projected in 35mm and with proper presentation of the original aspect ratio. Enjoy!
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