After the great success in Milan last year, the exhibition Alfred Hitchcock in Universal Pictures movies moved to Parma on the 50th anniversary of the film Marnie; the new layout, renewed and enriched, is open until 9th November 2014 in the elegant rooms of the Palace of the Governor. The exhibition is realized with the special collaboration of the division of Home Entertainment of Universal Pictures Italia, which has in its library fourteen masterpieces by Alfred Hitchcock.
It has been more than thirty years after the death of the wizard of suspense. Alfred Hitchcock during his career shot more than fifty films, thanks to which he has become one of the most influential and revered cinematic innovators of all time. Master for ingenuity, exciting plots, the pioneering management of movie cameras, the original style of editing, and the ability to keep alive the tension in every single frame, still studied and emulated by filmmakers of worldwide.
Punctuated by in-depth analysis by video film critic Gianni Canova, the exhibition presents over seventy photographs and special features from the archives of the American major, that to preserve the quality of the works carried the original films in high definition on Blu-ray ™. The work carried out for the re-release of the film and the material collected has provided the basis on which the show was structured. In a trip-sequence dominated by black and white, the visitor can discover the secrets of backstage: curious details on the implementation of the most famous scenes, the first use of special effects, gossip about the actors and the private lives of the great master. A special area is reserved for the film Marnie (1964) that precisely marks the 50th anniversary: a relentless psychological thriller whose story, layered and readable at different levels, made him initially unpopular with critics, later re-evaluated and then considered a classic – to the point that today some scenes of the film are mentioned among the best examples of pure cinema. But another feature that distinguishes the works of the director is a successful mix between comedy and suspense: brilliant jokes and funny characters cohabit in harmony with the scenes of tension, the result of a sense of humor biting and synthetic typical of Hitchcock’s character.
To soundtrack, an integral and essential part to the construction of the sense of anticipation by Hitchcock, is dedicated a room of the exhibition, where we find the music of Bernard Herrmann, American composer who has written, among others, the soundtrack to Vertigo and for the classic cult Psycho. Also interesting is listening to the electronic seagull “verse” that Hitchcock used in The Birds instead of music: a very effective technique, and highly experimental at the time. It is to be mentioned, finally, the funny installation of cameos in a video with glimpses of Hitchcock in his films: born as gags, cameos became in time a real superstition, so that the public began waiting for them impatiently. To avoid that the viewer were too distracted during the screenings, the director decided to anticipate them in the first few minutes of the film.