Hitchcock in London

Hitchcock in London

Before Alfred Hitchcock moved to Hollywood in 1939, he wrote, designed, or directed over two dozen films in London, the city that was his birthplace and that remained a constant source of inspiration. Our book club focuses on two of his most highly regarded films that take place in London: The Lodger (1927) and Sabotage (1936), both adapted from popular novels. In week one, we begin by reading Marie Belloc Lowndes’ novel of The Lodger, which was inspired by the notorious crimes of Jack the Ripper, and in week two we discuss how Hitchcock created a sense of mystery and dread when he brought the tale to the screen. For week three, we read Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent (1907), a novel about spies in the 1890s, and in week four, we discuss how Sabotage updates the story to London of the 1930s. Our book club celebrates both the work of a brilliant director and the sights and sounds of a city he loved.

Partners for the London Book Club include the College of Arts and Letters, ND International, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the Nanovic Institute, ND Learning and the Notre Dame Alumni Association. Read the press release here.

Live meetings will be on Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. (EDT), on September 9, 16, 23 & 30.

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Series Description

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Format Length Title Speaker
Video 1 minute Meet the Faculty Susan Ohmer
Article Pre-Reading Susan Ohmer
Video 3 minutes Marie Belloc Lowndes Susan Ohmer
Article 2 minutes Hitchcock’s London Susan Ohmer
Video 5 minutes Jack the Ripper as Inspiration Susan Ohmer
Video 7 minutes The Novel of "The Lodger" Susan Ohmer
Article 60 minutes Join the Live Virtual Event Susan Ohmer
Article London Book Club Zoom Backgrounds
Article Additional Resources Susan Ohmer
Article Prepare for Next Week Susan Ohmer
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Format Length Title Speaker
Article Preparation Susan Ohmer
Video 8 minutes Alfred Hitchcock: Early Career and Influences Susan Ohmer
Article 1 minute Hitchcock's Early Films Susan Ohmer
Video 8 minutes Hitchcock and Germany in the 1920s Susan Ohmer
Video 4 minutes Guilt and Ambiguity Susan Ohmer
Video 60 minutes Join the Live Virtual Event Susan Ohmer
Article Additional Resources Susan Ohmer
Article Prepare for Next Week Susan Ohmer
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Format Length Title Speaker
Video 7 minutes Joseph Conrad Susan Ohmer
Article 2 minutes A New Phase of Hitchcock’s Work Susan Ohmer
Video 10 minutes Anarchists in 1880s London Susan Ohmer
Video 6 minutes London in "The Secret Agent" Susan Ohmer
Article 60 minutes Join the Live Virtual Event Susan Ohmer
Article Additional Resources Susan Ohmer
Article Prepare for Next Week Susan Ohmer
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