Alfred Hitchcock made a lot of movies. Seriously, it's impressive. Not quite as impressive as the works of John Ford, perhaps, but it is a hefty list nonetheless – and hardly a stinker among the bunch. How many directors can claim to have quite as many iconic films as he has? Psycho, Vertigo, North By Northwest, etc. etc. My personal favorite is Rope. Based on the true story of Leopold and Loeb, it tells the story of two college students who attempt the perfect murder – however, their hubris becomes an issue as their professor, Jimmy Stewart, catches on that something is very wrong. It is known for supposedly being a single take, without cuts – when in reality there are a few, facilitated by the camera awkwardly passing behind someone's back to disguise the cut; there is also a single traditional cut, which is somewhat jarring. (For a film which is truly a single take, check out Aleksandr Sukorov's Russian Ark.)
Today, Wednesday, Tinseltown presents two screenings of Hitchcock's 1955 film To Catch a Thief as this week's installment of the Cinemark Classics series. Cary Grant stars as John Robie, a reformed burglar who is accused of returning to his dastardly ways when another man takes on his mantle. It is up to him to prove his innocence and catch the actual burglar. Grace Kelly co-stars as the obligatory love interest.
To Catch a Thief will be shown at 2:00 and 7:00. Tinseltown is located at 4400 Towne Center Drive, in the Springhurst Shopping Center. Further theater information and advance ticket sales can be found at the Tinseltown website.
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