Movies for Grownups
Welcome to Movies for Grownups. Each month Community Library offers a free showing of a movie that is of particular interest to grownups. It may be a comedy, a drama or a romance. It may be a British production, an independent film production or a blockbuster. It may be a recent release or an oldie-but-goodie.
The movie in October is an Alfred Hitchcock thriller that was nominated for three Oscars, and starred Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, who wanted to write “the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures”.
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. It is Hitch’s most briskly entertaining movie, and one of his most comic, adventure-caper type movies, and it is also one of his most suspenseful.
The gray suit worn by Cary Grant throughout almost the entire film has taken on somewhat iconic status. A panel of fashion experts convened by GQ in 2006 called it both the best suit in film history, and the most influential on men’s style, stating that it has since been copied for Tom Cruise’s character in Collateral and Ben Affleck’s character in Paycheck. This sentiment has been echoed by writer Todd McEwen, who called it “gorgeous”, and wrote a short story “Cary Grant’s Suit” which recounts the film’s plot from the viewpoint of the suit. There is some disagreement as to who tailored the suit; according to Vanity Fair magazine, it was Norton & Sons of London, although according to The Independent it was Quintino of Beverly Hills.
Eva Marie Saint’s wardrobe for the film was originally entirely chosen by MGM. Hitchcock disliked MGM’s selections and the actress and director went to Bergdorf Goodman in New York to select what she would wear.
Hitchcock’s cameo appearances are a signature occurrence in most of his films. See if you can spot him in this film.
In the film was VanDamm’s mountain home … was it a real home? Was it designed by Frank Lloyd Wright? Find out after the film.
There are a lot of great lines in this movie. As you will soon discover.
This film is a classic and on the top films lists. Don’t miss out on a scary, good time.
The movie is on Thursday, October 11, in the library’s meeting room and starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission is FREE, but please RSVP so that we have a seat for you. Dress in layers, you may bring your own snacks if you wish, and knitters are welcome.
To register or if you have any questions you may call Community Library at 740–965-3901 or e-mail Mary at < firstname.lastname@example.org >.