We know where we’ll be one week from tonight.
We’ll actually be in Big Sur. At the time of this writing, it’s 1:30ish pm. So we’ll be at the Library, packing up stuff, and getting ready to head to Monterey for…the screening of “North by Northwest” at the Golden State Theater (417 Alvarado.)
Indeed, it’ll be night two of “Holiday with Hitch!”
The screening is by donation – whatever you feel like an amazing event like this is worth to you. You can reserve your spot here. Facebook event here.
Next Wednesday’s screening will be extra special because the film will be introduced by Luis Camara.
Luis is a Mexican filmmaker who has directed the short films “Endgame” and “Exvoto”, the feature films “Steel Trap” and “Silencio”, and he has written the film “Ciudades Desiertas.” He’s also an Assistant Professor at CSUMB. So cool!
For those not in the know, the film, in a nutshell, is about a hapless New York advertising executive (Cary Grant) 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.
You may be familiar with the film because of its iconic “crop-duster” scene. Check it (mega-spoiler alert!)
Film buffs have been talking about why this scene is so cool for the last 50 years. In fact, we stumbled upon this cool article entitled, ironically enough, “Why I Love the Cropduster Scene in North by Northwest.” Cool excerpt:
“Hitchcock and the film’s screenwriter Ernest Lehman could so easily have let this scene descend into Looney Tunes territory. A nameless, faceless pilot raining bullets and pesticides on his bewildered victim as he cowers in a cornfield sounds absurd to say the least, yet it’s played entirely straight.
Grant, in one of the most memorable performances of his career, quite literally throws himself into the action. He has little dialogue throughout the scene and no supporting cast members to back him up, but is utterly skilful at making the audience feel every ounce of fear and blind panic that his character feels as he ducks, dives and runs for his life.
North By Northwest‘s expert pacing, intriguing characters and outlandish plot are often cited as the reason for its enduring popularity. The crop-duster scene cheerfully took all of these elements and combined them with masterful editing to create a truly unforgettable action sequence and a wonderful piece of cinema.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. So come join us a week from tonight! Reserve your spot here!