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Film Screening: Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rope’ (PG) + Q&A with Kieron Corless and Ann Dumas

Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet


Friday 13 September 2019
6.30 — 8.30pm

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Alfred Hitchcock, Rope (still), 1948.

In partnership with MUBI, we’re screening Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rope’ followed by a Q&A with ‘Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet’ curator Ann Dumas and Deputy Editor of Sight & Sound magazine, Kieron Corless.

Rope is a 1948 American psychological crime thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Just before hosting a dinner party, two friends Brandon Shaw and Philip Morgan, conduct a philosophical exercise whereby they strangle a mutual friend and fellow Harvard graduate with a piece of rope in order to prove their intellectual superiority. The pair hide the body in a chest upon which they arrange a buffet dinner, and welcome their guests.

Alfred Hitchcock’s films and Félix Vallotton’s paintings and etchings share distinct visual references, often both depicting domestic interior scenes and foreboding spaces, filled with mysterious, sinister characters.

The screening is followed by a Q&A with the exhibition curator Ann Dumas and Deputy Editor of Sight & Sound magazine, Kieron Corless. The pair will highlight and discuss the strong visual references and tools used by both Félix Vallotton and Alfred Hitchcock, as they discuss how both artist and director share a sense of psychological tension within their works.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Running time: 80 minutes
Language: English
Release: 1948

Ann Dumas has been a curator at the RA since 1998. She studied at the Courtauld and specialises in 19th- and early 20th-century French art. In the 1980s she was a Hilla von Rebay Research Fellow at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, followed by two years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and six years as a curator at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Kieron Corless is deputy editor of the film magazine Sight & Sound. He is the co-author with Chris Darke of Cannes: Inside the World’s Premier Film Festival (Faber & Faber). He has taught in various universities and is also a programmer on the annual Essay Film Festival in London.

Organised in partnership with MUBI.

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Friday 13 September 2019

6.30 — 8.30pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£15, £9