Legendary director Alfred Hitchcock is back in the movie business in a big way. Not only do his many outstanding movies continually stand the test of time and become only more popular and respected through the years, there are also two separate biopics about his life and films currently on the radar.
First, The Girl, starring veteran character actor Toby Jones as Hitch, premiered on HBO last month. The film takes a look at his tumultuous relationship with his wife and one of his blonde stars, Tippi Hedren, as they make back-to-back films together (The Birds, Marnie). The second film, titled simply Hitchcock, opens in theaters later this month and documents the struggle to make the director’s most memorable film, 1960’s Psycho. That film stars fellow Brit Anthony Hopkins as the larger-than-life filmmaker.
Both of these new films have pushed the long deceased director back into the immediate spotlight (not that his films have ever been hidden away). With its monthly Classic Movie Series, the Prytania Theatre almost always includes at least one Hitchcock classic (of the many) in each rotation. This month, The Prytania has something special planned for their monthly dose of Hitch, a 3-D presentation of his acclaimed 1954 film Dial M for Murder, to screen for one week.
Set in London, an ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife who is having an affair with an American crime writer. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.
Dial M for Murder stars Ray Milland, Robert Cummings, and Grace Kelly – one of Hitchcock’s most famous blonde stars. The film is based on the play by Frederick Knott.
Thanks to a boom interest in 3-D in the early 1950s, Dial for Murder was filmed with a special camera to capture 3-D effects. But by time the time of its release, 3-D had fallen out of public interest and it was only shown in the traditional 2-D format. But in Hollywood no idea is ever completely dead, so now that the 3-D craze has re-emerged, Dial M for Murder has been re-released in its originally intended 3-D format.
Dial M for Murder 3-D will screen at The Prytania Theatre starting Friday, November 9 at 5 and 10 p.m. every day for one week (also screens at 10 a.m. on Sunday and Wednesday).
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