Thursday through Sunday

North by Northwest (1959)

A foreign espionage group mistakes advertising executive Cary Grant for a U.S. agent, giving Hitchcock the chance to display some of his most extravagant fantasies, such as the crop dusting scene and the Mt. Rushmore climax.

“Cinema, approached in this way, becomes a truly abstract art, like music.” François Truffaut.

“The fact is I practice absurdity quite religiously.” Alfred Hitchcock.

With Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis, Leo G. Carroll, Philip Ober, Joseph Hutchinson, Martin Landau, Adam Williams, Edward Platt.

Directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. Screenplay by Ernest Lehman. Photographed by Robert Burks. Music by Bernard Herrmann. MGM. 136 minutes.

Thursday through Sunday (February 26-March 1) at 7:30, plus weekend matinee at 3:25.

 

The 39 Steps (1935)

A Canadian vacationing in London becomes a police suspect when a woman is killed in his room. Seeking to prove his innocence, he travels to Scotland and becomes entangled with a spy ring and Madeleine Carroll.

This film, remarkable for its humor and suspense, captivated audiences everywhere. It first played at the Stanford Theatre on September 4, 1935.

“Simply one of the best films of its genre.” Baseline Movie Guide.

With Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie, Helen Haye, Wylie Watson, Frank Cellier, Peggy Simpson.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Produced by Michael Balcon. Written by Charles Bennett, Alma Reville and Ian Hay, based on the novel by John Buchan. Photographed by Bernard Knowles. Music by Louis Levy. Gaumont. 85 minutes.

Thursday through Sunday (February 26-March 1) at 5:55 and 10:05.