LA Phil to Present BIG PICTURE: HITCHCOCK!, 8/31
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association presents The Big Picture: Hitchcock!, a thrilling tribute to the groundbreaking films of Alfred Hitchcock, at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 7:30 PM. Hosted by Academy award-winning actress Eva Marie Saint (On the Waterfront, North by Northwest), the evening will feature mesmerizing, haunting and psychologically gripping scores by Bernard Herrmann, Dimitri Tiomkin, Alfred Newman, Franz Waxman, Miklós Rózsa and more. Iconic scenes from such Hitchcock classics as Vertigo, Psycho, Dial M for Murder, Rebecca, Spellbound, North by Northwest and more will be projected in HD on the Hollywood Bowl's big screens while the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by David Newman, performs selections from the films' magnificent scores.
The Master of Suspense, as Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) came to be known, directed more than 50 feature films, beginning in the silent era in England and ending in Hollywood in the late 1970s. Today's filmmakers are constantly studying his six-decade output for clues about story structure, the role of montage, manipulating actors, and generally entertaining audiences within the thriller genre.
Eva Marie Saint is a motion picture, stage and television star without peer. Among her triumphs are the films On The Waterfront (1954), North by Northwest (1959), A Hatful of Rain (1957), Raintree County (1957), Exodus (1960), The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966), All Fall Down (1962), 36 Hours (1965), The Stalking Moon (1968), Grand Prix (1966) and Loving (1970). The names of her leading men read like a galaxy of stars: Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Warren Beatty, Richard Burton, Burt Lancaster and Cary Grant. Saint attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio, with the intention of becoming a school teacher. Thankfully, she changed her major to Theater Arts and the University has since dedicated the theater on campus in her name. Saint studied at the Actors Studio in New York and began her work in "live" television and theatre. Elia Kazan saw her in A Trip to Bountiful on Broadway and cast her in On the Waterfront, for which she won an Academy Award. Her stage credits on Broadway, in Los Angeles and at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center include Summer and Smoke, Desire Under the Elms, Candida, The Rainmaker, Winesburg, Ohio; Duet for One, The Lincoln Mask, First Monday in October, The Fatal Weakness, Death of a Salesman and The Country Girl, for which she received the LA Drama-Logue Award. On television, Saint has earned five Emmy nominations for Middle of the Night (1954), by Paddy Chayefsky; the musical version of Our Town (1955), with Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman; the miniseries event How the West Was Won (1977); and Hallmark Hall of Fame's Taxi!! (1978), with Martin Sheen. She won the Emmy for the miniseries People Like Us (1990) on NBC. Saint's more recent films include I Dreamed of Africa (2000), Because of Winn-Dixie (2005), Don't Come Knocking (2005), Superman Returns (2006) and Winter's Tale (2014). Saint has been married for 62 years to director Jeffrey Hayden, with whom she has collaborated on many theatrical projects. They have performed together in Love Letters and Willa Cather's On the Divide in theatres across America. They have two children and three grandchildren and consider them their best work so far.