Classic Movies

There is nothing like an old movie to throw you back in time… back to a time when people dressed more elegantly, spoke more eloquently and lived more glamorously. Yes, these movies are dated and passé but if we can overcome our modern sensibilities we can travel through time and experience a journey unlike any other… sometimes I rather wish it was a one-way ticket and not a round trip!

The Greenwich Classic Film Series is a film and lecture program at the Bow Tie Movie Theater, formerly the Crown Plaza, on Railroad Ave. in Greenwich. The program has been running for 21 years and boasts a program that has screened over 250 classic films for an audience of over 700 people. There are two sessions, Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. You choose the night that works best for you and if you have scheduling conflicts you can attend the other session. For questions please log onto Greenwichclassicfilmseries.com. The 2011 season will feature screenings of movies like Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho as well as the infamous Casablanca. For further information please call 914-725-0999.

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most mystifying movie directors of Hollywood’s Golden era. His father was a poultry salesman and an importer of fruit. Hitchcock was generally a quiet child. However, at five years old his father arranged to have him locked in a cell at the local police station for five minutes after he misbehaved. In 1920, Hitchcock became aware of an American film company opening a studio in London. He was offered a position as a title designer and the rest is history…

Hitchcock’s first film, produced in 1927 garnered mixed reactions. The Lodger, which centered on a boarder who was suspected of murdering several women harvested both critical and public acclaim. Certain moviegoers were shocked by its aberrant content. The Lodger focused on such dismal topics such as murder and suspicion. This film was prepared in the painstaking style for which Hitchcock became famous. He was dedicated to his art from the very beginning of his career. He even created storyboards with mock-ups of every shot in a film before shooting.

Psycho was Hitchcock’s most terrifying and controversial film, causing much debate. Its most famously shocking scene made an entire generation of moviegoers nervous about taking a shower. Hitchcock was knighted in 1979 and died soon afterward in Los Angeles on April 29, 1980.

If you’re interested in the glamour of Classic Movies then the Greenwich Classic Film Series might be for you… and for a few short hours in a dark theatre, you can live vicariously through the characters on the screen as extravagantly as you’ve always dreamed of…

Victoria Baker of Greenwich is an opera singer. A winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists across the world (notably at Lincoln Center). She teaches piano & voice privately in Greenwich. For questions that deserve answers, and may be in print, please call 203-531-7499 or send email to [email protected]

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