Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ at Five Town Adult Ed

Oct 05, 2016
Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” stars James Stewart, Kim Novak and San Francisco.

Rockport — Local film historian Willard Carroll, whose “Wizard of Oz” collection continues to draw crowds in other states after its debut at the Farnsworth Art Museum – will present a two-night talk on his all-time favorite film, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo,” Tuesdays, Oct. 18 and 25, at 6 p.m.

Both evenings will be held at Camden Hills Regional High School, off Route 90. The Oct. 18 class will run to 9 p.m., to accommodate showing the film; and the Oct. 25 class will run to 8 p.m.

Upon its original release in 1958, “Vertigo” was met with mixed critical reception and audience apathy. However, in the most recent poll in Sight and Sound Magazine, it was voted the No. 1 movie in its list of The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time, displacing “Citizen Kane.” A story of obsessive love involving a twice-doomed romance, “Vertigo” was Hitchcock’s most personal film. Based on a French novel, the San Francisco and environs-set movie is a feast for the eyes and ears, the latter in large part due to Bernard Herrmann’s evocative score.

The first night of class will provide a background to the movie and its place in the Hitchcock canon, followed by a screening of the film. The second night will feature a discussion of the film’s development, initial reception and its journey to iconic, classic status.

Carroll’s previous class on the film “Peyton Place” received rave reviews from all; attendees particularly enjoyed his many “behind the scenes” stories and the insights into the many factors and people that went into creating that iconic film. Carroll is a versatile writer, director and producer who wrote and directed Miramax’s all-star drama “Playing by Heart” (1998, USA/UK) and more recently wrote and directed the romantic musical comedy “Marigold” (2007), billed as the first-ever Indo-U.S. co-production. Among his producing credits is the Showtime movie “My Louisiana Sky” (2001, USA-TV), for which he won an Emmy Award.

For more information or to sign up, contact adult education at fivetowns.maineadulted.org or 236-7800, ext. 5.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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