Vintage Sundays

Vintage Sundays: Hitchcock And Truffaut


vintage-sundaysAfter taking a break over the past couple of months, Vintage Sundays returns this March with a new season dedicated to two masters of cinema, Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut.

Following the release of Kent Jones’s acclaimed documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut on Friday 4 March, Picturehouse Cinemas across the land will be screening some of our favourite films from each director on alternate Sundays through March and April. Cineastes rejoice!

Sunday 6 March

Psycho (15)


Director: Alfred Hitchcock.
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles. USA 1960. 108 mins.

Alfred Hitchcock’s stunningly realised tale of gruesome murders and sly verbal sparring at the Bates Motel. Bernard Herrmann’s famed all-strings score enriches the film considerably and provides some of the most famous music in cinema history with the innovative, nerve-jangling, violent ‘screams’ which accompany the notorious shower scene.

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Sunday 13 March

Jules Et Jim (PG)


Director: François Truffaut.
Starring: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre. France 1962. 106 mins. French with English subtitles.

In terms of both inspiration to future filmmakers and public affection, Truffaut’s third feature might be considered the high point of the entire new wave. It dresses its story of a ménage à trois in France and Germany around the time of the First World War with a dazzling weave of filmic allusion, cinematic virtuosity and bittersweet celebration of life.

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Sunday 20 March

Rear Window (PG)


Director: Alfred Hitchock.
Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr. USA 1954. 114 mins.

Rear Window is one of Hitchcock’s most celebrated and morally complex films, with the camera restrained as tightly as the incapacitated protagonist and aligned to his privileged and restricted point of view. It boasts mordant wit, nail-biting suspense and a gallery of superb performances, not least from Raymond Burr as the suspected murderer across the way.

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Sunday 27 March

Day For Night (12A)


Director: François Truffaut.
Starring: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Jean-Pierre Aumant, François Truffaut, Nathalie Baye. France/Italy 1973. 116 mins. French with English subtitles.

Day For Night is an enjoyable comedy about the everyday crises – emotional and practical – faced by a director, cast and crew as they film a soapy love story in the Victorine Studios in Nice. Rampant and unstable egos, uncooperative animals and an early appearance by Nathalie Baye contribute to a homage to cinema and all its works that leans more towards Hollywood than to the methods or spirit of the new wave.

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Sunday 3 April

Vertigo (PG)


Director: Alfred Hitchcock.
Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak. USA 1958. 128 mins.

Recently voted the greatest film of all time by Sight And Sound, Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is a typically idiosyncratic take on film noir (it takes place almost entirely in bright, Technicolor daylight). The film skilfully manipulates us into seeing the world through the eyes of  ex-cop Scottie (Stewart) as he pursues the apparently possessed Madeleine (Novak) – and then it steadily unravels everything we thought we knew.

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Sunday 11 April

The 400 Blows (PG)


Director: François Truffaut.
Starring: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy, Guy Decomble, Georges Flamant. France 1959. 100 mins. French with English subtitles.

Truffaut’s first feature, about a 13-year-old’s bleak odyssey through family life and reform school, ends in an escape whose precarious permanence is questioned by the final frozen image. The 400 Blows remains a fresh and vivid evocation of childhood as well as a love letter from the director to the world of movies. Much admired by established and new directors alike, the film retains its seminal importance in the history of cinema.

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Hitchcock/Truffaut is released in cinemas on Friday 4 March.

On the 50th anniversary of the celebrated book of the same name, writer-director Kent Jones’s documentary recalls the eight days that French auteur Truffaut spent interviewing a remarkably forthcoming Hitchcock in 1962.

The film combines observations from many current directors with excerpts from interview recordings.



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