TO CATCH A THIEF
1955, Paramount, 106 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Retired cat burglar Cary Grant and ravishing American party girl Grace Kelly fall in love against a backdrop of fireworks, the French Riviera and a string of unsolved jewel robberies - all the while wearing some of Edith Head’s most stunning costumes. Alfred Hitchcock’s tongue-in-cheek soufflé, complete with surprisingly daring sexual innuendos for the time, is perfect escapist fare. With Charles Vanel (WAGES OF FEAR), Brigitte Auber.


NOTORIOUS
1946, Walt Disney Co., 101 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Director Alfred Hitchcock’s superb espionage thriller and intoxicating love story follows allied agent Cary Grant as he convinces disillusioned party girl Ingrid Bergman, the daughter of a supposed traitor, to marry and spy on her father’s Nazi friend (Claude Rains). This seemingly clever plan becomes complicated by the smoldering romance that emerges between Grant and Bergman. Set in Brazil during WWII, the film has an exceptionally subtle yet menacing portrayal of the Nazis, as exemplified by Rains’ show-stealing, weirdly sympathetic performance.


THE BIRDS
1963, Universal, 119 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Director Alfred Hitchcock’s love affair with Northern California (begun in SHADOW OF A DOUBT and continued in VERTIGO) climaxed with this stunning shocker about the residents of picturesque coastal town Bodega Bay, who find themselves targeted by a murderous invasion of birds. Adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s novella. Starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy and Veronica Cartwright.


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