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Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

  • Starring: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Genre(s): Classics, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 108 min.

Essential Hitchcock Films
This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements. Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

English film-maker/director Alfred Hitchcock directed more than 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades. He left England for Hollywood in 1939, where his first American film Rebecca (1940) won an Academy Award for Best Picture. He became known as “The Master of Suspense” for the taut thrillers and stories of suspense that he directed from the 1940s to the 1960s. He was recognized for his twist endings and signature themes of innocent men on the run.

Summary: A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be.

Shadow of a Doubt (1943) has often been seen as director/producer Alfred Hitchcock’s best American film (and second film with Universal Studios) - and it was purportedly his own personal favorite. The cynical, film-noirish, war-time film was shot on location in the small, story-book town of Santa Rosa, California - a representative place of sacred, wholesome, middle-American values where dark corruption is hidden within a family. [The film mixes elements of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) with David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (1986) and the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood.] [Filmsite.org]

"Peels back the welcoming warmth and sincere innocence of small-town life to reveal the gullibility and the naïveté underneath; it's a fiction about the perpetuation of fictions."
- Richard Brody, New Yorker
"A superb film."
- Time Magazine
"Alfred Hitchcock's first indisputable masterpiece."
- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Hitchcock deftly etches his small-town characters and homey surroundings."
- Variety
"One of Hitchcock's finest films of the '40s. "
- Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"You've got to hand it to Alfred Hitchcock: when he sows the fearful seeds of mistrust in one of his motion pictures he can raise more goose pimples to the square inch of a customer's flesh than any other director of thrillers in Hollywood."
- Bosley Crowther, New York Times

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