UNION — On Tuesday, June 1, at 2 p.m., the Union Public Library will begin “Afternoons with Alfred,” a month-long program of feature films directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The films will be presented at 2 p.m. every Tuesday, running through June 29.
Rather than select Hitchcock films that play on television frequently, the library has picked five classic titles that some patrons may not have seen before and that may become new favorites.
The films range from Hitchcock’s British period of the 1930s through his Hollywood years of the 1950s. Featured are an early example of the director’s favorite “innocent man on the run” scenario; a murder mystery set within London’s theatre set; a drama about a priest’s dilemma concerning a murderer’s confession; a fact-based story of an innocent New Yorker arrested for armed robbery; and a darkly comic tale about a body that can’t seem to stay buried.
Actors featured in the films include Anne Baxter, Montgomery Clift, Marlene Dietrich, Henry Fonda, Shirley MacLaine and Jane Wyman.
Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) was born in London and entered the British film industry as a title designer of silent films. After becoming one of the most popular directors in England, producer David O. Selznick invited Hitchcock to Hollywood, a move which brought the director worldwide fame and a reputation as “The Master of Suspense.”
Admission to each showing is free. The Main Library is located at 1980 Morris Avenue in Union. For more information and a list of film titles, call the reference department at (908) 851-5452.
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