HITCHCOCK? NOT HITCHCOCK!

Alfred Hitchcock is arguably the most imitated of America's popular filmmakers, his work so enjoyable the Heights with the Trylon is able to screen his movies year in and year out, to a packed theater. Over the decades, filmmakers have copied his style, eager to try to capture Hitchcock's signature visual and storytelling verve. This fall, the Heights celebrates Hitchcock... without Hitchcock, presenting five great movies from five great directors whose style, at least in these movies, owes everything to the Master of Suspense.

CHARADE

Sept. 30, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

When Reggie (Audrey Hepburn) returns to Paris from a skiing holiday, she finds her apartment empty, her husband murdered, and a travel bag with a letter from the dead man, a ticket abroad and four passports for her in different names. Enter Peter (Cary Grant), a dashing stranger who may be her savior... or someone looking for a big score. Called "the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made", Charade features the biggest stars, witty dialogue, lush cinematography and Paris locales along with the kind of gritty violence Hitch wouldn't turn to until the 70s.


GASLIGHT in 35MM

Oct. 7, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

A woman is murdered, her jewels hidden when the victim's teenage niece, Paula, interrupts the killer. Years later, Paula (Ingrid Bergman) grows up and meets Gregory (Charles Boyer), a man who is not quite what he seems. Soon, Paula wonders if she is going mad, as her world slowly, subtly begins to crumble all around her. The torment in Gaslight was so intense, and the film so popular, it coined a term for the psychological manipulation of one person over another. Bergman and Boyer's intense and curdled chemistry drives this stunning film, and Bergman won an Oscar for her performance.

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.


WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

Oct. 14, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is accused of murdering a wealthy widow for her inheritance. Retired barrister, Wilfred Robarts (Charles Laughton), is intrigued enough to take on the case, despite all odds and especially against the advice of his strong-willed nurse (Elsa Lancaster). Enter Mrs. Christina Vole (Marlene Dietrich), the wife who knows too much, and with an Agatha Christie plot and Billy Wilder's caustic direction, you have the makings of one of the finest courtroom dramas ever put on film. In fact, Christie herself considered it the finest of all the movies made from her many works. Nominated for six Academy Awards.


DRESSED TO KILL

Oct. 21, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

A woman under the care of psychologist Dr. Elliott (Michael Caine) tries to seduce the doctor, who rejects her. That evening, she goes on a one-night stand, leaves her lover's apartment and enters an elevator, where she is suddenly slashed to death by a mysterious blonde. A high priced call girl, Liz (Nancy Allen), witnessed the killing, and joins forces with the victim's son to find the killer. DePalma's film is an homage to Psycho, but with its outrageous violence and sex is decidedly modern, going to the insane lengths that the master of suspense could never have achieved in his lifetime. Both adored (nominated for a Golden Globe) and reviled (nominated for numerous Razzie Awards) in its day, Dressed to Kill's reputation has grown over the years and is a flamboyant cult classic.

DCP courtesy Park Circus


DIABOLIQUE

Oct. 28, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Poor Christina (Vera Clouzot): she owns a broken-down boarding school in rural France, run by her tyrant husband, Michel (Paul Meurisse), who abuses her and is openly having an affair with fellow teacher Nicole (Simone Signoret), whom he mistreats with equal vigor. The two women plot to murder their tormentor, and succeed, but the body of the dead man won't seem to go away. Hitchcock desperately wanted to make Les Diaboliques himself, but was so impressed by Clouzot's version he adapted another story by the same authors, which would become Vertigo.

In French with English subtitles