Saturday, October 26

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1944 • dir Alfred Hitchcock w/Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak, Mary Anderson, Henry Hull, Heather Angel, Hume Cronyn, Canada Lee • 97 min • 35mm

Join us on the high seas to celebrate one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most taut, contained thrillers on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. In LIFEBOAT, a mixed bag of nine Americans, Brits, and Germans find themselves afloat in a lifeboat with dwindling supplies and increasing paranoia after a U-boat and an Allied ship destroy each other at sea.

Staff Pick! Kim, Dave
Dave: “All action on a crowded lifeboat, Tallulah Bankhead is so herself – LOL!”

“That old master of screen melodrama, Alfred Hitchcock, and writer John Steinbeck have combined their distinctive talents in a tremendously provocative film – indeed, a surprisingly unique one – titled LIFEBOAT, which came to the Astor yesterday. With only nine characters under scrutiny within the limits of a standard ship’s lifeboat – an area from which the camera never at any time departs – they have peeled off a tense and vital drama of survivors adrift from a torpedoed ship, absorbing in its revelations of character and its brilliantly pictorialized details. However, they have also given us an allegorical film with a theme which is startling in its broad implications, especially in this critical time. For what the worthy gentlemen have given us, when you look closer than the surface aspects, is a trenchant and blistering symbolization of the world and its woes today.”
– Bosley Crowther, The New York Times (1944)

Ticket Information:

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Saturday 10/26
at 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 PM
Sunday 10/27
at 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.