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Killer Hitchcock

November 12 to November 16

The familiar silhouette, the trademark ironic drawl: Hitchcock the entertainer is an almost comfortingly familiar, even cuddly presence. But to revisit the films made by Hitchcock the artist is to rediscover that he was possessed of access to a profound sense of the absurd and the awful, that he ruled over a dark, cruel universe in which lives are snuffed out terribly only because someone stops at the wrong motel or because of a whim of mute nature. Bringing the spirit of the Victorian Penny Dreadful and the 1920s stage thriller into the midcentury, Hitchcock helped to invent modern horror, and these films show that in several cases, he still hasn’t been topped for sheer style and savagery.

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