DEAD AGAIN
1991, Paramount, 107 min, USA, Dir: Kenneth Branagh

“How many times can you die for love?” Historical supernaturalism meets neo-noir in Kenneth Branagh’s richly textured mystery about a private detective caught up in an unsolved murder haunting its way through time. Mike Church (Branagh) is investigating the disappearance of an unknown woman he gives the name “Grace.” Upon finding Grace (Emma Thompson), a terrified amnesiac with nightmares of a woman killed in the 1940s, Mike seeks the help of a hypnotist (Sir Derek Jacobi) to get to the bottom of Grace’s strange fears, but only finds himself further entrenched in a labyrinth of double identity and deadly consequence. With Robin Williams as Cozy Carlisle, the disgraced psychologist relegated to a butcher shop after one too many doctor-patient trysts. Shot on location at some of Los Angeles’ historic landmarks, including the Orpheum Theater, High Tower, and the Shakespeare Bridge.


FRENZY
1972, Universal, 116 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Director Alfred Hitchcock revisits his theme of the wrongfully accused man, but with a ferocious vengeance not seen outside of PSYCHO. Chip-on-his-shoulder bartender Jon Finch is mistaken for the strangler in a London murder spree perpetrated by his elegant flower-merchant friend, Barry Foster. With a great cast that includes Anna Massey, Alec McCowen and Vivien Merchant.


NORTH BY NORTHWEST
1959, Warner Bros., 136 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Cary Grant gives one of his greatest performances as womanizing executive Roger Thornhill, whose cozy life of afternoon cocktails is turned upside down when he’s mistaken for an elusive government operative by suave villain James Mason and his murderous crony, Martin Landau. Eva Marie Saint co-stars as Mason’s elegant mistress, with the wonderful Jesse Royce Landis as Grant’s fur-clad society mom ("You gentlemen aren’t really trying to murder my son, are you?"). Includes some of the most superb set pieces ever filmed - from a seemingly innocuous cornfield to the monolithic Mount Rushmore. Brilliantly scripted by Ernest Lehman (THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS) and photographed by veteran Hitchcock collaborator Robert Burks (STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, REAR WINDOW).


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