Hitchcock Films to Cast Shadows in Academy Gallery
Beverly Hills, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) December 29, 2007-â€” Films clips from â€œShadow of a Doubtâ€ (1943), â€œNorth by Northwestâ€ (1959) and â€œThe Birdsâ€ (1963) will be featured alongside dozens of drawings, photographs, paintings, storyboards and script pages on display in â€œCasting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film,â€ a new exhibition opening Friday, January 18, in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencesâ€™ 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 â€œan Alfred Hitchcock film.â€
â€œCasting a Shadowâ€ will reveal how Hitchcockâ€™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-Laskyâ€™s Islington studios designing titles for silent movies. In 1925 he made his directorial debut with â€œThe Pleasure Gardenâ€ 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.
â€œCasting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Filmâ€ is organized by the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, in collaboration with the Academyâ€™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.
â€œCasting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Filmâ€ will be on display through Sunday, April 20. The Academyâ€™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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