May 23, 2013


San Francisco loves Alfred Hitchcock. The master of suspense made some of his most memorable work in the Bay Area, on films like Vertigo, Shadow of a Doubt, and The Birds, and San Francisco seems to repay the director with frequent tributes and special events. I recommend that Spy Vibers get out their calendars, because there are two programs coming up that you won't want to miss. The San Francisco Silent Film Festival will be screening "The Hitchcock 9" in June, nine films from his silent era lovingly remastered by the British Film Institute. The movies include Blackmail, Champagne, Downhill, The Ring, The Manxman, The Farmer's Wife, Early Virtue, The Pleasure Garden, and The Lodger. Each will screen with live music at the beautiful Castro Theater. Dates are June 14th-16th. More info here

Looking further out, Davies Symphony Hall has announced some of their upcoming big-screen movie events with live music. I once saw a Looney Tunes marathon with the SF Symphony playing live- unforgettable! These events at Davies sell out quickly, so get tickets early. Upcoming titles of interest are The Matrix with the SF Symphony on July 27, followed by Hitchcock's Psycho with the SF Orchestra on Oct 30, and The Lodger with live organ on Oct 31. A great way to celebrate Halloween! More info here

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