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Hitchcock target of Six Week Film School

still form the film Notorius

An image from the film Notorious, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman.

Bill McBride and the Normal Theater will offer the Six Week Film School this spring, dedicating the series to the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.

The “Six Week Film School, Alfred Hitchcock—Master of Style” zeroes in on the six most stylized Hitchcock films. The films will be on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. from February 1-March 8 at the Normal Theater. All films are free and open to the public.

The films scheduled are:
Shadow a of Doubt—February 1
Notorious—February 8
Strangers on a Train—February 15
Vertigo—February 22
Psycho—March 1
The Birds—March 8

McBride is the author of Stylized Moments—Turning Film Style Into Meaning. The Six Week Film School is a series that grew out of McBride’s 300-level seminar on Hitchcock. An associate professor of English, he authored the chapter “Hitchcock’s Stylized Capture of Post-Adolescent Fatheads” in the 2014 book Children in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock

A reading list is offered for those who attend the films. “When I teach, I encourage my students to think of my Film Style & Literature course as an intensive literature course in which they write essays in a ‘foreign’ language—the language of film,” said McBride. “Of all of the films that most consistently and fluently speak the stylized language of cinema, it is those directed by Alfred Hitchcock.”

More information on the Six Week Film School can be found here.

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