vertigo

It’s the week between Pride Weekend and the Fourth of July Weekend. A chance to catch your breath.

Speaking of catching things, let’s talk about what you can catch in this week’s shows. What we’ve got coming up this week in the Bay Area includes: ogres, lifers, (sc)avengers, The Dude and The Iguana.

So, we’re going to do the preview now. Doing the preview now. Preview is go and now we go do the preview now. Previewwww.

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Iconic Vertigo credit sequence.

Iconic Vertigo credit sequence.

Last night closed the book on Hitchcock Week with the San Francisco Symphony.  The talented orchestra players, conducted by Joshua Gersen, performed selections from Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, Strangers on a Train, Vertigo, Dial M for Murder, and North by Northwest.  Part of the night belonged to the complex scores, at times sweepingly romantic, other times suspenseful and bombastic.  The other half belonged to the charming host, Eva Marie Saint (On the Waterfront, North by Northwest).  At 89 years old, she still carries a youthful exuberance that would make you question whether she was a day over thirty.  Aside from a few film intro slip ups, she held her own, constantly throwing out sharp pokes at herself, hilarious flirtations at Gersen, and telling fascinating anecdotes about her work with Hitchcock.

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