Cinema pays tribute to Capitolfest star through Hitchcock series

Posted 8/1/19

For the next event in its “Hitchcock: Buried but Alive” series, Cinema Capitol (230 W. Dominick St.) will present the 1940 thriller “Foreign Correspondent” from Friday, Aug. 2-Thursday, Aug. …

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For the next event in its “Hitchcock: Buried but Alive” series, Cinema Capitol (230 W. Dominick St.) will present the 1940 thriller “Foreign Correspondent” from Friday, Aug. 2-Thursday, Aug. 8.

Screenings of the movie will coincide with the Capitolfest film festival at the historic Capitol Theatre. The movie’s star, Joel McCrea, is one of this year’s Capitolfest tribute stars, along with wife Frances Dee.

The “Hitchcock: Buried but Alive” series presents some of the lesser-known works of the eminent director Alfred Hitchcock. The series includes movies which are rarely screened in theaters.

In “Foreign Correspondent,” McCrea stars as an American journalist sent by his newspaper to cover the volatile war scene in Europe between 1938 and 1940. He has barely arrived in Holland before he witnesses the assassination of a diplomat and sets out to unearth an insidious conspiracy behind the murder. Also starring in the movie are Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders, Albert Basserman, and Edmund Gwenn.

The film was one of two Hitchcock films nominated for the ACADEMY AWARD for “Best Picture in 1941.” The other was REBECCA, which went on to win the award. “Foreign Correspondent” was nominated for a total of six ACADEMY AWARDS, including one for Albert Basserman for Best Supporting Actor.

The script was co-written by Robert Benchley, who has a supporting role as an eternally tippling newsman. “Foreign Correspondent” was Alfred Hitchcock’s second American film, and remained one of his personal favorites.

“Foreign Correspondent” runs 120 minutes and is rated PG. Admission is $8, $7 for students and military, and $6 for Capitol Friends.

Tickets are available at the door and in advance from the Capitol box office (315-337-6453) and online at www.romecapitol.com.

Show times are Friday, Saturday and Thursday at 4 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m., and Monday-Wednesday at 7 p.m. There will be no captioned show times for this movie.

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