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Someday Cinema Series To Present ‘Vertigo’ and ‘High Anxiety’

Published: October 21, 2017

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) and Mel Brooks’ High Anxiety (1977) will be screened at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, Sunday, October 29.

Vertigo will be shown at 1 and 7 pm, and High Anxiety will be shown at 4 pm. Both films are rated PG, and neither is suitable for young children. Tickets are $3 for each screening.

Often lauded as Hitchcock’s greatest film, and in 2012 topping the BFI/Sight & Sound Critics List of Greatest Films Ever Made, the suspense in Vertigo is not only tied up in danger and death, but also lust and madness.

James Stewart plays a detective so impaired by an extreme fear of heights (and the vertigo that immobilizes him even when chasing a suspect) that he retires. Kim Novak plays the suicidal young blonde who becomes his obsession, allowing her to dupe him in an elaborate ruse. Based on the 1954 French crime novel, D’entre les Morts, Hitchcock tells the tale masterfully with swirling visual effects.

“Hitchcock is one of our favorite directors of all-time!” declares Vertigo sponsor Frank Burhance of Higher Minds, LLC. “Vertigo, The Birds, and Rear Window are among our Top ten favorite movies. His abilities to use artistic lighting and camera angles to help reinforce a moment and tell the story have rarely been replicated in modern films. We have memories of bringing our son, Noah (who’s now a sophomore at Harvard), to many movies at the Edmond Town Hall, and feel that it’s one of the many anchors of the community experience that makes Newtown one of the best towns to reside in New England.

“We want this tradition to continue for decades to come, which is why we are giving back to our community,” Mr Burhance added.

High Anxiety is Mel Brooks’s spoof of more than ten of Hitchcock’s films, including scenes nodding to The Birds, Psycho, North by Northwest, and of course, Vertigo. Brooks compiled and reimagined scenes from these films in his own affable way, while capturing “the master’s” techniques.

Brooks not only directs the film, but stars as Dr Thorndyke, the new director of the PsychoNeurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous. Clearly, this place is serious. Madelyn Kahn plays his “blonde” obsession, supported by Harvey Korman and Cloris Leachman, whose characters have a kinky relationship. Brooks is a master in his own right, every scene winking at the audience as if to say, “Get it?’

The remaining films this year, presented by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, have been scheduled: Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Sunday, November 12; and It’s A Wonderful Life, Sunday, December 17.

For all the details, visit bit.ly/SomedayCinemaSeries and/or Someday Cinema Series on Facebook.

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