Ten Films from Alfred Hitchcock at Cinematheque

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BUSAN, South Korea — It’s been a relatively quiet summer at the Busan Cinematheque, with only a handful of movies having been shown in English or with English subtitles. But that’s about to change. Starting this Saturday, the Cinematheque will run a retrospective of the legendary Alfred Hitchcock along with 10 films by world-renowned French filmmaker Claude Chabrol (most of which will have English subtitles).

Alfred Hitchcock Retrospective

If there’s anyone who needs no introduction, it’s Alfred Hitchcock. My guess is you’ve heard of him, are aware that he made a number of suspense movies, and know that he’s one of the most influential directors of all time. Suffice to say, he’s kind of a big deal. The list of films being shown is comprised of many of the must-see classics, my personal favorites being “Strangers on a Train” (1951) and “North by Northwest” (1959), as well as some of his less well-known, earlier work. Pretty much everything though is necessary viewing for anyone interested in delving into the world of such an important figure not only in cinema but pop culture in general.

  • Secret Agent (1936)
  • The Lady Vanishes (1938)
  • Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
  • Strangers on a Train (1951)
  • Dial M for Murder (1954)
  • The Wrong Man (1956)
  • Vertigo (1958)
  • North by Northwest (1959)
  • Psycho (1960)
  • The Birds (1963)

Cary Grant in Hitchcock's 1959 film, North by Northwest


 
10 Films from Claude Chabrol’s Late Period
 

Originally part of the French New Wave, Claude Chabrol established a name for himself around the same time as Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, but eventually ended up branching out from the more experimental style of the movement to become a popular director of thrillers and crime dramas. It’s no coincidence that the Cinematheque chose to screen his films alongside a retrospective on Alfred Hitchcock since many of them are directly influenced by the Master of Suspense. However, what’s strange about this selection is that it only covers the last twenty years or so of Chabrol’s half-century career; many of his most enduring movies, notably “Le Boucher” (1970), “Les Biches” (1968), and “The Unfaithful Wife” (1969), have been omitted. Still, there’s more than enough to watch here, and for the most part, they should serve as excellent companion pieces to the Hitchcock pictures.

  • Masques (1987) with English subtitles
  • Story of Women (1988)
  • Madame Bovary (1991) with English subtitles
  • Hell (1994) with English subtitles
  • La Ceremonie (1995) with English subtitles
  • The Color of Lies (1999) with English subtitles
  • Merci pour le Chocolat (2000)
  • The Flower of Evil (2003)
  • The Bridesmaid (2004) with English subtitles
  • Inspector Bellamy (2009) with English subtitles

All Films Showing July 30 – August 17
For more info and a map to Busan Cinematheque go here.
For screening times, visit the Busan Cinematheque’s website here.

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