In this tense Hitchcock thriller based on a John Steinbeck novella, American and British civilians who have survived the sinking of their ship by a German submarine struggle to reach land in a crowded lifeboat. When they rescue a German officer (Walter Slezak) from the water, the group allows him to board, but his presence only increases the tensions on the boat. Soon treachery ensues, and the population of the vessel gradually decreases as conflicts come to a head.
Film Series: AIR LAND SEA Hitchcock Film Series
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition AIR LAND SEA: A Lithographic Suite by William Crutchfield, the Norton Simon Museum screens three cinematic masterpieces by Alfred Hitchcock. The films selected, Lifeboat from 1944, Strangers on a Train from 1951 and North by Northwest from 1959, showcase the auteur’s unmatched skill at capturing tension and terror, whether in the air, on land or at sea.
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Strangers on a Train (1951), PG
Hitchcock’s classic suspense tale is widely considered one of the master’s best works. When two strangers—tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger), whose wife will not grant him a divorce, and wealthy but deranged Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker), who wants to be rid of his father—happen to meet on a train from Washington to New York, the conversation casually turns to a possibly perfect crime: what if each committed a murder for the other? There is nothing to connect the two men, no apparent motive for either killing. When the trip ends, Guy believes the conversation is hypothetical and that he will never see Bruno again. Then his wife is murdered . . . and Bruno returns for payback. Raymond Chandler cowrote the screenplay of this film adaptation of the novel by Patricia Highsmith.
North by Northwest (1959), NR
Cary Grant stars as an innocent man mistaken for a spy in one of Hitchcock’s greatest thrillers. While leaving New York’s Plaza Hotel, advertising executive Roger Thornhill (Grant) has the misfortune of standing just as the name "George Kaplan" is paged—starting a lethal case of mistaken identity and a nonstop game of cat and mouse as he is pursued across North America by espionage agents trying to kill him—and by police who suspect him of murder.