Join Noted Film Programmer and Instructor Elliot Lavine on Tuesday mornings April 2 - June 11

Dates
April 2 - June 11, 2019
No class on Tuesday, May 28
April 2, 2019
Saboteur (1942)
April 9, 2019
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
April 16, 2019
Lifeboat (1944)
April 23, 2019
Spellbound (1945)
April 30, 2019
Notorious (1946)
May 7, 2019
Rope (1948)
May 14, 2019
Strangers on a Train (1951)
May 21, 2019
I Confess (1953)
June 4, 2019
Rear Window (1954)
June 11, 2019
Psycho (1960)
Delivery
In-Person on Tuesdays
11 a.m. PST
Cinema 21 Theatre
616 NW 21st Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
Cost
$129
Must pay for entire ten-week course. No individual tickets will be sold.

It seems there is no foreseeable end to the utter fascination with the "master of suspense," Alfred Hitchcock. Volumes have been written about him and universities continue to offer courses devoted to the staggering output created by this curious genius of darkly sophisticated cinematic entertainment. But who exactly was Alfred Hitchcock and why do his films still hold audiences spellbound the world over?

In an attempt to answer that question, this revelatory TEN WEEK course will present a comprehensive overview of the great director's American films, spanning a nearly twenty year period that, inarguably, covers the most fruitful phase of his remarkable career. From pulse-pounding WWII-era thrillers like SABOTEUR, LIFEBOAT, and NOTORIOUS, to the slyly sinister SHADOW OF A DOUBT (long alluded to as the director's personal favorite among his own films), the wildly florid psychological explorations of SPELLBOUND and PSYCHO, a pair of sexually suggestive classics (ROPE and STRANGERS ON A TRAIN), the voyeuristically seductive REAR WINDOW and the seldom-seen, riveting I CONFESS, this total immersion in cinematic history promises to be a wonderful opportunity to experience -- up close and personal on the BIG screen -- a mind-bending array of psychological thrillers that contributed to making the name Alfred Hitchcock synonymous with high-caliber motion picture suspense.

The dramatic center of his own carefully crafted world, Alfred Hitchcock was among the first film directors to achieve the type of media fame usually reserved for movie stars and presidents—a notoriety and celebrity he continues to hold firm nearly forty years after his death. Find out why.

Instructor Elliot Lavine

Instructor Photo

Elliot Lavine has been a film programmer of national repute since 1990, both in the San Francisco Bay Area and now here in Portland. In 2010, he received the Marlon Riggs Award from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his revival of rare archival titles and his role in the renewed popularity of film noir. He has taught film studies courses for Stanford's Continuing Studies Program since 2006.

Films in this course

These are the TEN Hitchcock films we will watch on the BIG screen at Cinema 21, followed by illuminating discussions:

  • April 2: SABOTEUR (1942)
  • April 9: SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943)
  • April 16: LIFEBOAT (1944)
  • April 23: SPELLBOUND (1945)
  • April 30: NOTORIOUS (1946)
  • May 7: ROPE (1948)
  • May 14: STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)
  • May 21: I CONFESS (1953)
  • June 4: REAR WINDOW (1954)
  • June 11: PSYCHO (1960)

There will be no class on Tuesday, May 28.

  • Elliot Lavine

    Elliot Lavine has been a film programmer of national repute since 1990, both in the San Francisco Bay Area and now here in Portland. In 2010, he received the Marlon Riggs Award from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his revival of rare archival titles and his role in the renewed popularity of film noir. He has taught film studies courses for Stanford's Continuing Studies Program since 2006.