Hitchcock festival taking over State Theatre

See classic films and more this weekend
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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Things are about to get kinda spooky over at the State Theatre. The Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center is gearing up for this weekend’s “The Best of Hitchcock,” a three-day festival showcasing six of Alfred Hitchcock’s finest films — “Shadow of a Doubt,” “Strangers on a Train,” “Rear Window,” “Vertigo,” “North by Northwest” and “Psycho.” All films are to be shown in 35-millimeter film on the big screen, and all promise to entertain. “None of his films have ever been accused of being boring,” said Richard Del Balso, member of the arts center board of directors and co-chairman of the film committee. “They’re fun and they’re timeless.” Three-day passes are available now for $39, which includes admission for all six films as well as a pre-film lecture by Michael Callahan, Ph.D., who is quite the Hitchcock fan. Callahan said there are a couple reasons why Hitchcock’s films are particularly great. “He always puts the audience first,” Callahan said. “He realized he was there to entertain the audience, to catch them up in the suspense.” Hitchcock was also a master at visual storytelling, Callahan said. “He wanted to show things visually, and he’s a master of creating visuals in the film that have nothing to do with the dialogue,” he said. “I think it’s his ability to tell a story without words.” While all six films are sure to please the audience, “Psycho” is Callahan’s personal favorite. “When I saw that film for the first time I was out of my mind,” he said. Those who can’t commit to the full weekend can buy tickets to individual films for $8. The box office opens an hour before showtime, with the exception of Friday’s showing of “Shadow of a Doubt” — box office opens at 6 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. showtime — and Sunday afternoon’s “North by Northwest — box office opens at 12:30 p.m., Callahan’s lecture begins at 1:30 p.m. and the film starts at 3 p.m., according to Janis Wikoff, arts center administrative coordinator. Another selling point of the festival is a raffle and silent auction featuring books, movie posters and other Hitchcock paraphernalia. Highlights include a limited edition “Rear Window” poster donated by Callahan and a copy of “Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco” signed by author Aaron Leventhal and Patricia Hitchcock O’Connell, Alfred Hitchcock’s daughter. Tickets for Friday’s opening night pre-show celebration, however, have sold out, Wikoff said. __________ Know and go What: The Best of Hitchcock film festival When: Friday-Sunday Where: State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn Cost: $39 for festival pass (advance purchase available), or $8 per film (available only at the door) Information: (530) 885-0156, Films “Shadow of a Doubt” 7:30 p.m. Friday “Strangers on a Train” 11 a.m. Saturday “Rear Window” 2:30 p.m. Saturday “Vertigo” 7:30 p.m. Saturday “North by Northwest” 3 p.m. Sunday “Psycho” 7 p.m. Sunday