Bethpage, NY, – Continuing the tradition of its annual on-air film festival, AMERICAN MOVIE CLASSICS will honor the work of master director Alfred Hitchcock during its Eighth Annual Film Preservation Festival from June 16 to June 18, 2000. An important centerpiece of the festival is the newly-restored REAR WINDOW, considered the most critically acclaimed of Hitchcock’s oeuvre, and in many ways the film most representative of the director’s great gifts as a filmmaker. Award-winning actress Sharon Stone will host the festival providing on-air introductions for each film.
Alfred Hitchcock remains one of the most enigmatic, respected, and written-about directors in the history of film. During his career, he made over sixty films and worked with some of the screen’s biggest stars including Paul Newman, Cary Grant and James Stewart. He is known for his attention to detail and intricately orchestrated films, which rarely deviated from the script and storyboard layouts. While his most prevalent theme is best described as “suspenseful melodrama,” his films rise to greatness on the merits of their visual artistry and seamless plotting — and, more important, as the result of his almost unsettling exploration of the metaphysical anxieties that all of us share.
None of Hitchchock’s films more ably illustrates this slant than REAR WINDOW, the recently restored version of which headlines AMC’s on-air festival this year. The film, starring a wheelchair-bound James Stewart and Grace Kelly at her peak, is shot almost entirely in the
apartment and courtyard of a Greenwich Village apartment building. A cinematic landmark of psychological suspense, REAR WINDOW embraces all of Hitchchock’s trademark themes, including the invasion of privacy in big-city life, the insidious effects of paranoia, and the
inherent trickiness of even the most intimate human relations. REAR WINDOW has been painstakingly restored by Universal Studios, which invested $1 million in the project. The well-known film restorers Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz, dubbed the “restoration police,” supervised the REAR WINDOW project.
In addition to REAR WINDOW, the festival will include many of Hitchcock’s films including THE BIRDS, THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, PSYCHO, VERTIGO, FRENZY, MARNIE, ROPE, SABOTEUR, SHADOW OF A DOUBT, TOPAZ, TORN CURTAIN and THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY.
AMC’s annual film preservation festival serves to educate viewers about the need to guard the nation’s endangered film heritage, while raising funds for the archives whose vital work saves hundreds of thousands of films each year. Since its inception in 1993, AMC has raised close to $2 million for The Film Foundation, which funds seven member archives across the country to restore and preserve films.
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