Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hitchcock film series to celebrate a mastermind

The Community Library to present ‘Alfred in April’

Express Staff Writer

Vernon Scott IV will present a month of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece films at The Community Library in Ketchum. Photo by

Alfred Hitchcock is a legendary filmmaker whose films are classic cinema. To celebrate the work of Hitchcock as an artist, great thinker and one of cinema's greatest suspense filmmakers, The Community Library in Ketchum will present "Alfred in April," hosted by Vernon Scott IV.

The library will screen four classic Hitchcock films, one each week of the month: "Rear Window," "North by Northwest," "Strangers on a Train" and "Psycho." The screenings are free and begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, and continue every Tuesday through April 27.

For more than 20 years, Vernon Scott IV has been an actor, writer and a voiceover talent. He was in "Grease 2" and episodes of "The Dukes of Hazzard." He has been living in Los Angeles and recently moved to Sun Valley permanently after decades of visiting the area for vacations, summer stays and camps.

Growing up on film studio lots, Scott met Hitchcock and will share his experiences and stories.


"In Los Angeles, there are Hitchcock film festivals and every night there's a screening of a classic film," Scott said. "It's much more rewarding to see films in a group experience and much better than TMC Classics at home."

Hitchcock was a genius when it came to construction of a film and creating the suspense thriller.

"There are 72 cuts in the shower scene in 'Psycho,'" Scott said. "Hitchcock films are the perfect pre-meditated story structure."

Scott said film brings together every arts element and connects people to the human experience.

"People can recognize and see themselves in films," Scott said. "If film was the art form of the 20th century, like rock 'n' roll, it is here to stay."

Sabina Dana Plasse:

Hitchcock film schedule

All films are free and begin at 6 p.m. at The Community Library in Ketchum. For details, call 726-3493.

Tuesday, April 6

·"Rear Window"

Wheelchair-bound photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) and his beautiful fiancée, Lisa (Grace Kelly), spy on their neighbors and then solve a brutal murder no one else believes occurred. "Rear Window" is an eloquently entertaining, exhilarating and bittersweet film.

Tuesday, April 13

·"North by Northwest"

From Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) being chased by the crop-dusting biplane, to the climax atop the faces of Mount Rushmore, this Hitchcock classic never lets up. One of Hitchcock's personal favorites, the film combines a tense, harrowing pace with the fear of calamity lurking behind every door—truly the work of a master.

Tuesday, April 20

·"Strangers on a Train"

Hitchcock's favorite "doubles" theme is thoroughly explored in this story of two men who meet on a train and whose destinies become forever linked. Bruno and Guy both want someone dead. Bruno proposes that they exchange murders to eliminate motive and suspicion. The two become trapped in a web of guilty secrets that can only be escaped by death.

Tuesday, April 27


Certainly Hitchcock's most unrelenting exercise in terror, "Psycho" remains one of the most terrifying films of all time. Often imitated but never equaled, "Psycho" tells the tale of a strange young man and his possessive mother, featuring the sinister Bates Motel and the creepy house that overlooks it.

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