Scare Tactics: Six by Hitchcock

Psycho (1960)
  • August 29, 2014 - 9:30pm

Scare Tactics: Six by Hitchcock presents PSYCHO
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In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock was already famous as the screen's Master of Suspense (and perhaps the best-known film director in the world) when he released PSYCHO and forever changed the shape and tone of the screen thriller. From its first scene, in which an unmarried couple balances pleasure and guilt in a lunchtime liaison in a cheap hotel (hardly a common moment in a major studio film in 1960), PSYCHO announced that it was taking the audience to places it had never been before. "Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 masterpiece blends a brutal manipulation of audience identification and an incredibly dense, allusive visual style to create the most morally unsettling film ever made." Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader.

1960; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh; R; 109 minutes

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The Lone Star Film Society’s ArthouseFW and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth finish out the summer with an exciting series showcasing six pivotal Alfred Hitchcock films. The selected films explore the power of Hitchcock’s distinctive style in two of his nine silent films and four of his later masterpieces.

Over a career spanning more than half a century, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, nicknamed the Master of Suspense, fashioned a distinctive and recognizable directorial style. His pioneering camera techniquemimicking a person's gaze, forces viewers to engage in a disturbing form of voyeurism. His framed shots maximize anxiety, fear, or empathy, and his use of innovative film editing is legendary. Hitchcock stories often feature fugitives falsely accused and on the run from the law with "icy blonde" female beauties as their accomplices and/or nemeses. Renowned for their surprise twist endings, thrilling plots and witty dialogue, his films often borrow themes from psychoanalysis and feature highly artistic depictions of intrigue, murder and crime. 

Often regarded as the greatest British filmmaker, Hitchcock was first choice in a 2007 poll of film critics in Britain's Daily Telegraph, which said: "Unquestionably the greatest filmmaker to emerge from these islands, Hitchcock did more than any director to shape modern cinema, which would be utterly different without him. His flair was for narrative, cruelly withholding crucial information (from his characters and from us) and engaging the emotions of the audience like no one else.”

Screenings will be held in the Modern Art Museum Auditorium. The screenings of BLACKMAIL and THE LODGER will feature live musical accompaniment. Tickets are $9/$7 for Modern members and $6 for Modern Reel People and Lone Star members. Tickets may be purchased in advance athttp://lonestarfilmsociety.com/ or by calling the Modern, 817.738.9215. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Modern beginning two hours prior to show time.