Friday, Apr. 12 - Towngate at 7:30
Free Screening: Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954) - 112 mins.
Tuesday, Apr. 16 - Library at Noon
Conversation: Rear Window
Of all the masterpieces Alfred Hitchcock made, it is difficult to imagine a riskier premise than this one: a photographer with a broken leg sits in a wheelchair and watches the wide world . . . of his apartment courtyard. That’s it, folks: the man doesn’t ever leave his apartment; he barely even stirs from the chair. This unlikely scenario, when embodied by James Stewart (with frequent visitations by the lustrous Grace Kelly in all her haute couture and glamorous provocation), has become a suspense classic celebrating its 65 th anniversary, as well as Hitchcock’s most hopeful meditation on the ethics of the voyeur (of which filmmakers are a special sub-category). As Stewart and Kelly solve a murder mystery, they also contemplate the enigma of the human person – and fall in love!
Screenings and conversations
Wheeling Film Society screenings take place on Fridays at 7:30 pm at Oglebay Institute's Towngate Theatre, 2118 Market St. All Friday night screenings will be preceded by catered buffet cuisine as part of the popular “Dinner and a Movie” series; call Towngate to reserve.
Wheeling Film Society conversations take place the following Tuesday at noon at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St.
All programs – screenings and conversations – are free of admission charge. Attend as many or as few programs as your schedule allows. All are welcome, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Parental Guidance is recommended for all screenings and conversations.
John Whitehead, professor of film studies at Wheeling Jesuit University and author of Appraising The Graduate: The Mike Nichols Classic and Its Impact in Hollywood (2011) and Mike Nichols and the Cinema of Transformation (2014), serves as host for the screenings and conversations.
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