Hitchcock Films to Cast Shadows in Academy Gallery

Hitchcock Films to Cast Shadows in Academy Gallery

Beverly Hills, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) December 29, 2007-— Films clips from “Shadow of a Doubt” (1943), “North by Northwest” (1959) and “The Birds” (1963) will be featured alongside dozens of drawings, photographs, paintings, storyboards and script pages on display in “Casting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film,” a new exhibition opening Friday, January 18, in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Fourth Floor Gallery in Beverly Hills. Admission is free.

Though Hitchcock presented himself as the sole author of his work, the director was in fact a deeply collaborative artist, working intensely with actors, producers, cinematographers, screenwriters, editors, and production and sound designers to create what the public knew as “an Alfred Hitchcock film.”

“Casting a Shadow” will reveal how Hitchcock’s colleagues contributed critical ideas and how the films were crafted, sometimes frame-by-frame, as a collective enterprise.
Born outside of London in 1899, Hitchcock got his start at Famous Players-Lasky’s Islington studios designing titles for silent movies. In 1925 he made his directorial debut with “The Pleasure Garden” and went on to direct more than 50 films over the next six decades. He made transitions from the silent to sound era and black-and-white to color film with inventive ease, and throughout his career his films demonstrated the possibilities of the medium in both technique and content.

“Casting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film” is organized by the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, in collaboration with the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library.

Support for the exhibition is provided by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University; the Alfred J. Hitchcock Foundation; American Airlines; the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; the Louis Family Foundation; the Myers Foundations; James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati; and the Rubens Family Foundation.
“Casting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film” will be on display through Sunday, April 20. The Academy’s galleries, located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, are open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

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