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closed Alfred Hitchkock in the Universal Pictures films

Curated by: Gianni Canova

The show

Hitchcock, as the critics of the nouvelle vague have said - says Gianni Canova, curator of the exhibition - was one of the greatest creators of forms of the whole twentieth century. His films, no matter how often they are reviewed, are a surprise every time. Each time they open new perspectives through which to observe the world and look at life. 

Curated by Gianni Canova and produced and organized by ViDi, the exhibition presents 70 photographs and special content from the archives of the American Major that lead the audience backstage to Hitchcock's main films, discovering curious details about the making of the most famous scenes, on the use of the first special effects, on the actors and on the private life of the English director. Celebrated as one of the leading and most influential innovators in the history of cinema, Hitchcock is famous for his ingenuity, compelling story lines, camera management, original editing style, the ability to keep the tension alive in every single frame.

Photographs taken on the set and special content from the Universal Pictures archives lead the audience backstage to Alfred Hitchcock's main films, allowing curious details to be uncovered about the making of the most famous scenes, the use of the first special effects, the actors and private life of the English director.

Celebrated as one of the leading and most influential innovators in the history of cinema, Hitchcock is famous for his ingenuity, compelling story lines, camera management, original editing style, the ability to keep the tension alive in every single frame.

The exhibition opens with the section dedicated to the relationship that linked Hitchcock to Genoa, with photographs and films from the film The Labyrinth of the Passions, accompanied by some memories of the incredible misadventures that accompanied his first official take and continues analyzing his main masterpieces, produced by Universal Pictures. First of all Psyco (1960), one of his most controversial works that managed to break all the records of takings and made the public escape from the rooms in a panic. An opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes of the metaphysical Motel Bates, learn about the disquieting character of Norman, Marion's double personality and the famous shower scene. One room is dedicated to Gli Uccelli (1963), a film in which he introduced numerous innovations in the field of sound and special effects; with 370 filming tricks, the film took almost three years of preparation due to its technical complexity. The itinerary in the Hitchcock universe continues with La Finestra sul cortile (1954), with James Stewart playing the photojournalist 'Jeff' Jeffries, confined to a wheelchair due to a broken leg and who, to overcome boredom, spies on the lives of the neighbors from their apartment, to the point of convincing themselves that a crime has taken place in an apartment. The film was a great success; released in August 1954, in May 1956 it had already collected 10 million dollars. And again, The woman who lived twice (1958), a masterpiece that has become an object of veneration, which tells one of the most distressing love stories in cinema, narrated through an infinite number of extraordinary angles and shots in the most famous places in San Francisco. The photographic material also casts a glance over other famous films such as Sabotatori (1942), The shadow of doubt (1943), Nodo alla gola (1948), The conspiracy of the innocents (1955), The man who knew too much (1956) , Marnie (1964), The torn curtain (1966), Topaz (1969), Frenzy (1972) and Family plot (1976).

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Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, 9
16123 Genova

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