If you like classic thrillers and you live in North Florida then it’s time to break out the MacGuffins because the Kino Kola outdoor screening series is presenting a pair of early Alfred Hitchcock films. The titles being shown are The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes, a pair of ’30s-era efforts that helped Hitch build his reputation as a master of screen suspense. The show will take place on June 8th at the All Saints Hop Yard: it’s $4 for the show, you get a free bag of popcorn and there’s plenty of craft beer and wine available at the bar. The show starts after 8:30 p.m. and you can read on for more of the Saturday suspense details…
Kino-Kola Double Feature presents a double bill of terrific early British spy films by the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, on Saturday, June 8th.
The double bill includes The 39 Steps (1935) which stars Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll as two average folks whose lives randomly collide when they are forced to get to the bottom of an international secret surrounding the cryptic “39 steps”. The British Film Institute ranked this film fourth in its list of the greatest British films of the twentieth century. As early as it may seem in a filmography that spanned over fifty years, this film exemplifies the work of a master craftsman (then aged 35) who was well on his way to becoming one of the most influential artists in all cinema history.
The second film, The Lady Vanishes (1938), stars Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave (both early in their screen careers) as two British travelers attempting to solve the disappearance of a kind elderly woman while departing by train from a scenic mountain town of an “undiscovered corner of Europe”. This film is a delightful example of Hitchcock’s deft ability to weave humor and suspense with its ensemble of colorful characters and twisting and rollicking plot, and fatefully spurred legendary producer David O. Selznick to offer Hitchcock a contract position as a Hollywood director.
It promises to be another great night of cinema under the stars, packing in thrills of mystery, suspense, humor and espionage as can only be delivered by The Master. As per usual, our “kino-kadets” are encouraged to bring their favorite lawn chairs and/or picnic blankets to this fun night of cinema under the stars. Price of admission is $4.00, which gets you access to both movies and a complimentary bag of popcorn. The Hop Yard gates open at 8pm at which time the bar will be pouring a selection of craft beers and fine wines. Showtime begins just after sundown at 8:30pm.