This special tribute previewed ALFRED HITCHCOCK NIGHTS: Eight Classic Films of Obsession, Mystery, and Suspense, UCSB Arts & Lectures’ free movie series on consecutive Wednesdays and Fridays through August 23rd, which includes popular outdoor screenings on Fridays at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Garden.
This week’s presentation is the 1958 psychological thriller Vertigo, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, a work celebrated by a some critics as the greatest film of all time.
During the first segment of the weekly music-and-cultural-arts program, producer/host Ted Coe presented an in-depth interview with Professor Allan Langdale, who teaches courses on film theory and Alfred Hitchcock for UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Film & Media Studies.Langdale contextualized Hitchcock’s critical notoriety; his influence on important filmmakers like Brian DePalma, David Lynch, and Terry Gilliam; his psychological themes; his literary sensibilities; his use of California locales; and his visual and musical flair.
During the show’s second segment, Roman Baratiak, Associate Director of UCSB Arts & Lectures, elaborated on these topics, highlighting this season’s entire slate of classic Hitchcock works plus UCSB A&L’s popular tradition of summer film screenings.
The program also featured a selection of trailers and soundtrack music, including songs inspired by cinema’s “Master of Suspense.”
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