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Film Series: “The Women Behind Hitchcock,” Film Forum, New York, NY, March 4-19, 2020

“The Women Behind Hitchcock” runs from March 4-19, and looks at the cinematic contributions of Alma Reville and Joan Harrison.

Alfred Hitchcock always exhibited a keen appreciation for the creative powers of women (Daphne du Maurier, Sally Benson, Dorothy Parker, Jay Presson Allen, et al.), but two stand out. When he married Alma Reville (1899–1982) in 1926, she had already been working in films for a decade as both an actress and “cutter” (editor). She would become her husband’s closest collaborator, functioning — credited or uncredited — as “script girl,” story editor, film editor, assistant director, and screenwriter for the rest of their lives, while also writing films for others. Joan Harrison (1907–1994) became Hitch’s secretary in 1933, but soon began working with him on story development and screenplays, garnering Oscar nominations for two scripts.

For the full lineup of films and more information, visit Film Forum’s website.

WFPP contributor Christina Lane will be introducing Foreign Correspondent (1940) on Friday, March 6 at 8:20pm.