Wednesday and Thursday

Lifeboat (1944)

Victims of a torpedoed freighter (among them a society woman, a left-wing crew member and a Nazi) struggle for survival aboard a lifeboat.

"The technical challenge was enormous. I never let that camera get outside the boat. ... Tallulah Bankhead dominated the whole film.” Alfred Hitchcock

With Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak, Mary Anderson, John Hodiak, Henry Hull, Heather Angel, Hume Cronyn, Canada Lee.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Produced by Kenneth MacGowan. Written by Jo Swerling, based on the story by John Steinbeck. Photographed by Glen MacWilliams. Music by Hugo Friedhofer. Twentieth Century-Fox. 96 minutes.

Plays Wednesday and Thursday (March 20-21) at 7:30.

Rope (1948)

Two college students kill a friend for intellectual thrills and hide his body in a chest from which they serve cocktails to the man's parents, fiance, and former professor.

This film was an important experiment from a technical point of view, in that it is shot in continuous 10-minute takes.

With James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Joan Chandler, Cedrick Hardwicke, Constance Collier, Edith Evanson, Douglas Dick, Dick Hogan.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Produced by Sidney Bernstein. Written by Arthur Laurents, Hume Cronyn, Ben Hecht, based on the play Rope's End by Patrick Hamilton. Photographed by Joseph Valentine. Music by David Buttolph. Transatlantic. 80 minutes.

Plays Wednesday and Thursday (March 20-21) at 6:00 and 9:15.


Friday through Sunday

Rebecca (1940)

David O. Selznick brought Hitchcock to Hollywood under contract to make four pictures. Both men were already masters of their trade, but their collaboration yielded this extraordinary film, which combines the distinct genius of both.

"A gorgeous Gothic woman's picture.” David Thomson.

With Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Nigel Bruce, C. Aubrey Smith, Reginald Denny, Gladys Cooper, Philip Winter, Edward Fielding, Florence Bates, Melville Cooper, Leo G. Carroll, Forrester Harvey, Lumsden Hare, Leonard Carey.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Produced by David O. Selznick. Written by Robert E. Sherwood, Joan Harrison, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier. Photographed by George Barnes. Music by Franz Waxman. Selznick International. 130 minutes.

Plays Friday through Sunday (March 22-24) at 7:30, plus 3:20 matinee on Sat/Sun.

Suspicion (1940)

A woman suspects that her charming husband (Cary Grant) is plotting to kill her.

With Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke, Nigel Bruce, Dame May Whitty, Isabel Jeans, Heather Angel, Auriol Lee, Reginald Sheffield, Leo G. Carroll.

Directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Samson Raphaelson, Joan Harrison, Alma Reville, based on the novel Before the Fact by Frances Iles. Photographed by Harry Stradling. Music by Franz Waxman. RKO. 99 minutes.

Plays Friday through Sunday (March 22-24) at 5:40 and 9:50.