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The presence of windows in Alfred Hitchcock's films is a constant trope. Rear Window epitomizes this fascination, but Hitchcock began using glass to build psychological tension and suspense as early as 1926 in The Lodger. Hitchcock's portrayal of windows enabled famed acts of voyeurism and illuminates the relationships between home and the outside world, self and other, and safety and peril. Complements the exhibition At the Window: The Photographer's View.

This film series is intended for teen and adult audiences. Free, reservations required.


The Lodger

Saturday, November 9, 2013
3:00 p.m.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(1926, 100 minutes, black and white, dvd)

Known as the "first true Hitchcock film," this Jack-The-Ripper-type mystery debuts some of Hitchcock's frequent archetypes, such as the innocent man who appears guilty and the titillation of scantily clad blondes. Presented with live accompaniment by pianist Michael Mortilla.


Rear Window

Saturday, November 9, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(1954, 112 minutes, color, 35mm)

Perhaps Hitchcock's greatest film and an undeniable master class in the economy of scale, development of suspense, and thrill of voyeurism.


Foreign Correspondent

Sunday, November 10, 2013
3:00 p.m.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(1940, 120 minutes, black and white, 35mm)

An entirely entertaining, if lesser known, Hitchcock film, in which Joel McCrea portrays a cub political reporter sent to Europe on the eve of World War II only to find himself quickly caught up in Nazi intrigue.


About Michael Mortilla

Composer and sound designer Michael Mortilla is well known for his silent film scores. He works extensively with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and has received numerous commissions from them to score restored silent films such as Seventh Heaven, The Gaucho, Upstream, Humoresque, and The White Shadow. Mortilla also scores works for TV, radio, and the concert stage and continues to work in dance and theater as well as in commercial and promotional productions.

How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.