“A small masterpiece, one of Hitchcock's most adventurous and expressive experiments in narrative form.” David Kehr, Chicago Reader
“A marvelously fluid light comedy with scarcely a slack moment.” - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Sight & Sound
Monday, March 20 at 6pm | Alfred Hitchcock’s irreverent, witty dark comedy, set in sun-drenched California, stars Barbara Harris as phony psychic Blanche, and Bruce Dern as her disreputable boyfriend George. When the two grifters are hired by an elderly woman to track down her long lost nephew, they unwittingly become entangled in a web of crimes and misdemeanors. Hitchcock’s final theatrical film marks his only collaboration with John Williams, who he met after a falling out with his frequent composer, Bernard Herrmann (VERTIGO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, PSYCHO) over the score for TORN CURTAIN in 1966. Williams was fresh off his Oscar win for JAWS, and Hitchcock was keen to work with the acclaimed relative newcomer, assuring the composer that “murder can be fun,” and inspiring Williams to craft FAMILY PLOT’S light, restrained score.
Scored by John Williams: We can all hum the JAWS theme, and recognize the scores to STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES within the first bars, but composer John Williams' inimitable career as a composer with over 160 titles to his credit, is full of surprises. Presented in partnership with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Scored by John Williams showcases the depth of his talent in scores that range from jaunty to ethereal, and from the noble to the ominous. View full series here.
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