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Elsinore Wednesday Night Film Series in #SalemOR

Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1943)

November 19
7:00 pm

A major masterpiece and Hitchcock’s personal favorite among his films.

It is 1943, and the world is at war. Charlotte, a bored teenage girl (Teresa Wright) living in small town, wishes her distant uncle would “come and shake us all up.” And Uncle Charlie mysteriously arrives. Young “Charlie” is quite attracted to her debonair namesake, but as he occupies her room, her home, and blends effortlessly into her family and community, she becomes aware of a chasm of darkness within him.

As Hitchcock’s first full-blown portrait of a psychopathic personality, Uncle Charlie (masterfully played by Joseph Cotton) represents a capacity for evil that the young woman must come to acknowledge –– within herself and her world. Rich characters and wonderful texture of small town life thanks in part to the screenplay contribution of Thornton Wilder’s (Our Town). 108 minutes.

“Not only psychologically intriguing, but a sharp dissection of middle American life, in its own quiet way an ancestor of Blue Velvet. Funny, gripping, and expertly shot by Joe Valentine.” ––Time Out Film Guide

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