Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt and Saboteur at AFI Silver

Posted by Randy Shulman
May 6, 2011 9:01 AM |

The American Film Institute's Silver Theatre presents the second in a three-part series this year exploring the works of the great filmmaker. Part II focuses on his early Hollywood pictures and up next are: 1943's Shadow Of A Doubt, a film noir about a killer (the wonderfully sinister Joseph Cotton) who moves into a small town that Hitchcock had stated was his personal favorite of his films; and 1942's Saboteur, the first of Hitchcock's American films to fully engage with America as a setting -- mountain cabins, cattle ranches, the circus, New York City sites -- as a California man wrongly accused of sabotage leads the police on a cross-country quest to nab the real culprit. Saboteur is famous for its fight atop the Statue of Liberty -- ending with the now-famed "Hitchcockian plummet," a motif Hitchcock would refine years later in movies like North by Northwest (Mount Rushmore, anyone?). Shadow Of A Doubt screens Saturday, May 7, at 8:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m., and Thursday, May 12, at 9:45 p.m.; Saboteur screens Sunday, May 8, at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, at 9:15 p.m., and Wednesday, May 11, at 9:15 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $11 for each screening. Call 301-495-6720 or visit afi.com/Silver.

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