Merrill Film Society is an informal gathering of community members to view great works of cinema with one another. Everyone is invited. The films are free and popcorn is served! Showtime is 7 pm.
10/09 Shadow of a Doubt (1943) – 108 minutes
10/23 Notorious (1946) – 102 minutes
It’s Hitchcock-tober, so we will look at two of the master’s highly regarded films from the 1940s.
Shadow of a Doubt was among the first films Alfred Hitchcock made upon moving to America., and it was supposedly one of his own favorites. Young Charlie (Teresa Wright) is very fond of her favorite uncle, Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten), who comes to live in their idyllic seaside California town. She begins to suspect he has a darker side when he becomes secretive, when he talks about rich widows as being “useless”, and when she figures out that the headline she saw him tearing from the newspaper read WHO IS THE MERRY WIDOW MURDERER? Horror here is no longer the dark castle on the outskirts of town or the re-animated monster — horror lives inside your own house!
Stars Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, and Claude Rains and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Ben Hecht helped to make Notorious one of the best films of 1946. The majority of the action takes place in Rio de Janeiro, where American spies are trying to determine what some Nazi ex-patriates are doing there. The film contains a famously long kiss and a famously long tracking shot. Notorious was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2006.