Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 2 pm
“Cool Blonde”: Alfred Hitchcock’s Dark Obsession
“If the on-set legends are true, Alfred Hitchcock was no gentleman—but he certainly preferred blondes. With their cool, controlled exteriors, the director’s heroines elevated hair colour from the realm of sexpot Hollywood dye-job to a shade that telegraphed aloof continental sophistication—which may be why Hitchcock once infamously asserted that blondes “make the best victims” for his particular brand of on-screen suspense. Take the unshakable elegance of Tippi Hedren’s coiffed bouffant as it was pecked apart in The Birds, or Janet Leigh’s neat champagne crop as it unfurled gracefully under the shower in Psycho. Grace Kelly enthralled Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief and James Stewart in Rear Window (pictured here) with her impeccable pale golden bob and icy passion to match. And while Kim Novak was barely recognizable as a brunette in Vertigo, she drove her leading man to madness as her character’s platinum doppelganger.” (Sophie Schulte-Hillen)
Join movie librarian Steven Tomlinson for this provocative, indeed hair-raising lecture/discussion on the always-fascinating, sometimes disturbing, relationship between the great filmmaker and his many leading ladies.
Free for library members; non-members $5. Registration required.
Location: Multi-purpose room of the library