Alfred Hitchcock, the 1980s at the ArcLight Cinemas

Robert De Niro in Raging Bull

Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman in NotoriousIn March, Los Angeles' ArcLight cinemas will host two mini-retrospectives: one dedicated to Alfred Hitchcock at ArcLight Hollywood, the other dedicated to the 1980s at ArcLight Sherman Oaks. The two film series run from March 2-30. (Scroll down for the schedule/ticket info.)

The Hitchcock films are all among his biggest and best-known successes (and they should look good on the big screen):

  • the romantic spy drama Notorious (1946), in which Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant become involved with a Nazi spy ring in Rio de Janeiro (courtesy of spymasters Claude Rains and Madame Leopoldine Konstantin, both of whom steal the movie from the nominal stars);
  • the thriller Rear Window (1954), whose most interesting features are Robert Burks' vibrant color cinematography and the always welcome Thelma Ritter, ever ready with some sardonic aside or other;
  • Hitchcock's all-out entry into the type of over-the-top horror film that was quite popular in the late 1950s, Psycho (1960), with Janet Leigh as the unlucky bank employee and Anthony Perkins as The Son-Mother;
  • and The Birds (1963), another horror drama, starring Tippi Hedren as a woman whose fancy clothes and jewelry raise the wrath of Northern California's hippie birds.

Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future
Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd in Ghostbusters

The 1980s films will also benefit from the ArcLight's big screens:

  • Martin Scorsese's boxing drama Raging Bull (top photo, 1980), considered by many (I'm not among them) the best American movie of the 1980s;
  • The Steven Spielberg-produced, Tobe Hooper-directed Poltergeist (1982), which looks and feels more Spielbergian than Hooperian;
  • Ghostbusters (1984), the action-horror-comedy filled with both special effects and Sigourney Weaver;
  • the fluffy but enjoyable Back to the Future (1985), starring Michael J. Fox and for which Spielberg received credit as executive producer;
  • and Dirty Dancing (1987), starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.


March 4 - NOTORIOUS (1946) - 8PM
March 11 - REAR WINDOW (1954) - 8PM
March 18 - PSYCHO (1960) - 8PM
March 25 - THE BIRDS (1963) - 8PM

March 2 - RAGING BULL (1980) - 7:30PM
March 9 - POLTERGEIST (1982) - 7:30PM
March 16 - GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) - 7:30PM
March 23 - BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) - 7:30PM
March 30 - DIRTY DANCING (1987) - 7:30PM

Tickets available online at or at the ArcLight box office. For more information got to

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2 Comments to Alfred Hitchcock, the 1980s at the ArcLight Cinemas

  1. Lona

    Too bad I missed that Hitchcock series……..

  2. Travis

    Awesome! Ill be t here for the Hitchcock films. I've never watched “Rear Window” on the big screen. That'll be a treat.