Past Season:

Alfred Hitchcock

Thu 18 May — Fri 01 Sep 2023

The Garden Cinema is proud to present a major retrospective of the legendary master of suspense: Alfred Hitchcock. Arranged in three parts, this season provides an overview of Hitchcock’s career and contains his most revered films.

Until 8 June:

Act I: 1927 – 1945, Britain and Early Hollywood years

We begin our journey on these shores, in the fog of the silent era, for Alfred Hitchcock’s breakthrough film, The Lodger (1927). After taking in some of the greatest British thrillers such as The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935) and The Lady Vanishes (1938), we’ll be whisked away to Hollywood by David O. Selznick for the first of his collaborations with Hitchcock, the hauntingly magnificent Rebecca (1940). Hitchcock’s favourite of his own creation, Shadow of a Doubt (1943), will round out Act I. Check listings for screenings with guest introductions and a specially commissioned new live score for The Lodger.

Until 19 July:

Act II: 1945 – 1954, Post-war Hollywood and Independent Productions

 

The end of WWII corresponds with the end of Hitchcock’s working relationship with David O. Selznick, but not before they make Spellbound. Having endured the spectre of Selznick’s influence over the production of Notorious, even after sale of the project to RKO, Hitchcock founded his own production company, Transatlantic Pictures. Stung by the interference of studios (and Selznick), independence allowed Hitchcock to experiment with Rope and, with considerable effort, to make Strangers on a Train. But despite their formidable status today, both films received lukewarm receptions from critics and audiences. We end this section of the season with a taste of what is to follow, a first collaboration with Grace Kelly with Dial M for Murder.

From 11 August:

Act III: 1954 – 1963, Hitchcock’s Masterpieces

 

Our Hitchcock odyssey concludes with arguably his most fertile period: an inspired decade-long stretch during which he made some of Hollywood’s most beloved movies. Of the titles shown here, Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960), Rear Window (1954), and North by Northwest (1959) feature in the top 50 of Sight and Sound’s recent greatest films of all time poll, with The Birds (1963) also listed in the top 200. Alongside this pantheon of classics are perhaps the lightest of his late works, To Catch a Thief (1955), and the only instance of Hitch reworking Hitch, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).

Check listings for screenings with guest introductions and discussions.

 

Upcoming Screenings

SAFAR Futures Young Programmers: In the Belly of the Beast 18

A film event curated by Amel Moyersoen, Loulwah Kutbi and Sally Zarzour, as part of the the SAFAR Futures Young Programmers… Read More
1979-2015, Various, Various, 76m.
Thu 27 Jun
20:00

Past Screenings

Members' Mystery Hitchcock Film 18

As we near the end of our three act Alfred Hitchcock retrospective, we are very excited to announce one extra special… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, ??, ??, 120m.
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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) PG

Dr. Ben McKenna (James Stewart) is on vacation with his wife (Doris Day) and son in Morocco when a chance encounter… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1956, 120m.
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Vertigo PG

 In Hitchcock’s unflinchingly dark and tragic study of obsession, acrophobic ex-cop Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) compulsively remodels Judy Barton (Kim Novak)… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock , USA, 1958, 128m.
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Psycho 15

Often said to be Hitchcock’s best film, and certainly one of his most original, Psycho is a psychological thriller (also rather tenuously… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1960, 108m.
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To Catch a Thief PG

Our screening on Tuesday 22 August will be introduced by John Wischmeyer (City Lit). Notorious cat burglar John Robie (Cary Grant)… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1955, 106m.
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Rear Window U

Our screening on Friday 11 August will be followed by a discussion with film journalist Darren Richman. Our screening on Wednesday… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1954, 112m.
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The Birds 15

Wealthy reformed party girl Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) enjoys a brief flirtation with lawyer Mitch Brenner in a San Francisco pet… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1963, 119m.
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North by Northwest PG

Advertising executive Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) finds himself in a case of mistaken identity, as members of a strange organisation believe… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1959, 136m.
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My Name is Alfred Hitchcock 15

2022 marks the hundred-year anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s first feature. A century on, Hitchcock remains one of the most influential filmmakers… Read More
Mark Cousins, UK, 2022, 120m.
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Dial M for Murder PG

Originally shot in 3D and newly remastered and restored, Alfred Hitchcock's screen version of Frederick Knott's stage hit Dial M for… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1954, 105m.
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Strangers on a Train U

Alfred Hitchcock directs this classic crime thriller based on Patricia Highsmith's novel. Charming tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) and Bruno… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1951, 101m.
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Rope PG

Our screening on Friday 7 July will be followed by a discussion with film journalist Darren Richman. Our screening on Sunday… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1948, 80m.
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Spellbound PG

Our screening on Friday 30 June will be introduced by John Wischmeyer (City Lit). Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) is a… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1945, 111m.
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Notorious U

Our screening on Saturday 1 July will be introduced by John Wischmeyer (City Lit). With this twisted love story, Alfred Hitchcock… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1946, 101m.
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Sabotage PG

A classic Hitchcock chiller based on the novel by Joseph Conrad. In Thirties London, unbeknown to his wife Sylvia (Sylvia Sidney),… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1936, 76m.
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Rebecca 12A

Romance becomes psychodrama in the elegantly crafted Rebecca, Alfred Hitchcock’s first foray into Hollywood filmmaking. A dreamlike adaptation of Daphne du… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1940, 130m.
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Shadow of a Doubt PG

Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) - a killer just one step ahead of the law - travels to the sleepy town of… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1943, 108m.
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The Lodger PG

With his third feature film, The Lodger, Alfred Hitchcock took a major step toward greatness and made what he would come… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1927, 91m.
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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) U

Our screening on Friday 19 May will be introduced by John Wischmeyer. An ordinary British couple vacationing in Switzerland suddenly find… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1934, 75m.
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The Lady Vanishes U

In Alfred Hitchcock's most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, the beautiful Margaret Lockwood, traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1938, 96m.
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The 39 Steps U

A heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps follows Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) as he stumbles upon a conspiracy that… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1935, 86m.
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The Lodger + Live Score PG

This screening of The Lodger will feature a new score commissioned for our Alfred Hitchcock season, composed and performed live by Malvern… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1927, 91m.
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Murder Mystery Party + The 39 Steps U

To celebrate the launch of our three act season on the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, we will be doing things a… Read More
Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1935, 86m.
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