Alfred Hitchcock - The perfect director

Alfred Hitchcock - The perfect director

A retrospective dedicated to the one who, more than anyone else, comes closest to the ambitious definition of "perfect director": Alfred Hitchcock arrives at La Compagnia with 14 unmissable appointments on the big screen.
Often referred to as the "master of thrills", Hitchcock actually tried his hand at many genres (including comedy), not always managing to make exactly the film he wanted.

These include a special event with The Lodger with live music by Diego Andreotti.

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Firenze 

Dial M for Murder 3D

USA, 1954, 105’ (original sound)

Hitchcock’s only foray into 3D technology, here, however, functional to the total immersion of the audience, almost personally involved in the terrible misdeed.

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Rear window

USA, 1954, 102’ (original sound)

“Among Hitchcock’s most harmonious films, a masterpiece of economy and ingenuity. It is the film of indiscretion, of violated intimacy, of impossible happiness, of dirty laundry washed in the courtyard, of moral solitude: an extraordinary symphony of everyday life and of destroyed dreams” (Francois Truffaut).

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The birds

USA, 1963, 119’ (original sound) prohibited for children under 14 years.

Fellini called it an “apocalyptic poem”: the overwhelming visual and sound spectacle of The Birds is, even today, a work of astonishing technical skill and innovation, based on the dizzying absence of a rational explanation.

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Saboteur

USA, 1942, 109’ (original sound)

Unjustly accused of sabotage in an airplane factory for which he works, the film’s protagonist manages to escape from the police in order to hunt down the real culprit. Around this MacGuffin, the English director weaves a labyrinthine war thriller in which the line between truth and fiction becomes increasingly blurred.

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Psyco

USA, 1960, 109’ (original sound) prohibited for children under 16 years

From the novel by Robert Bloch, one of the most indelible horror films in the history of cinema, based on the masterful performance of Anthony Perkins. With regard to Psyco, Hitchcock himself observed: “I played at directing the audience exactly as one plays an organ”.

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The Lodger

UK, 1927, 92’, silent film

Special event, soundtrack played live by Diego Andreotti.

A series of heinous murders of women throws London into panic: behind the crimes lies an unknown individual, hidden by fog and darkness. In the famous interview with Truffaut, the English master declared: “We can say that, in fact, The Lodger is my true debut.”

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When:
21-02-2022
from 21:00
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The only show with a different price from €8.00 to €10.00

Rope

USA, 1948, 80’ (original sound) prohibited for children under 14 years

A murder, the concealment of a corpse and finally a party among friends: all enclosed within a room and constructed in such a way as to simulate a single sequence plan. The one proposed by Hitchcock is an acute reflection that dismantles the superhuman ideal of murder as a “gratuitous act”.

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North by NorthWest

USA, 1959, 136’ (original sound)

“One of the pinnacles of the spy-story, a mine of directorial gimmicks, perhaps the most erotic film by Hitchcock, whose favorite themes are easily found: mistaken identity, ambiguous relationships between the sexes, and the deception of appearances. Both thriller and comedy, delightful and distressing.” (Il Morandini)

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Frenzy

UK, 1972, 116’ (original sound) prohibited for children under 14 years

A serial killer murders several women, strangling them with a tie: for a series of coincidences suspicion falls on the wrong man. Perhaps the most raw and straight thriller of the English director, completely focused on the killer’s rituals and manias: stylistically surgical and filled with macabre humor.

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Shadow of a doubt

USA, 1943, 108’ (original sound)

On the run from a mysterious past, the film’s protagonist takes refuge in his sister’s house, in a quiet Californian province. Loved by his niece and by the entire community, the man actually hides a dark side: Hitchcock’s typical themes return, from doubles to hipocrisy, in a taut thriller played by great actors like Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright.

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Marnie

USA, 1964, 130’ (original sound)

Truffaut called it “a great sick film”: in Marnie, the English master makes an incursion into a disturbed psyche, observing the relationship between a kleptomaniac secretary and a young industrialist. Supported by the interpretations of Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery, the film courageously investigates the darkness of repressed childhood traumas.

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The man who knew too much

USA, 1956, 120’ (original sound)

While on vacation in Morocco, Mr. and Mrs. McKenna witness a murder: a tourist is killed and Ben McKenna, who is a doctor, tries to help him. Before dying, the man confides that will soon be committed an attack in London. The man goes to the police, but to prevent him from talking, someone kidnaps his little son… Remake of the 1934 film of the same name.

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The troubel with Harry

USA, 1955, 99’ (original sound)

The corpse of a man is discovered in a wood, whose identification is facilitated by a letter found in the pockets of his jacket: the letter is addressed to Harry Worp of Boston. The discovery deeply upsets several people, each of whom believes he is responsible for Harry’s death.

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Vertigo

USA, 1958, 128’ (original sound) prohibited for children under 14 years

Hitchcock starts from the novel D’entre le morts and builds a tale of love and death in which everything is double, real and fake. Initially misunderstood by American audiences, it was immediately re-evaluated by French critics: a milestone whose every single component is memorable, from the performances of James Stewart and Kim Novak to the titles designed by Saul Bass.

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Opening hours
When:
26-04-2022
from 21:00
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Entrance fee:
Single movie from €5.00 to €6.00
10 movies of your choice (except for "The Lodger”) from €25.00 to €30.00