I’ve always liked Thursdays because, here in Athens, it’s the day when theaters start playing new films. I impatiently scroll down looking for interesting ones and, since this week is a good one -in terms of cinema-, I thought I’d share with you some films I found worth-seeing.
Alexandra Digital Cinema (141 Kremou st., Kallithea) is organising an informal Hitchcock-week, playing the following films:
Dial M for Murder (1954)
An ideal option for an open air cinema (although I’m pretty sure that you’ll enjoy it as much in a regular theater) this is a classic detective slash mystery story, which has inspired quite a few others. A husband (Ray Milland) finds out about his wife’s (Grace Kelly) affair and decides to get rid of her with the help of an ex-acquaintance and current criminal (Anthony Dawson). Will he succeed?
One of Hitchcock’s most famous films, Vertigo doesn’t apply to the ancient Greek pattern of hubris-nemesis-catharsis that the director usually adopts, instead follows a different path, leading to a deep, psychographic drama. With the premature revelation of the mystery’s solution, there’s still one-third of the film left, in which the director delves into the leads’ psychology and unveils their tormenting dilemmas.
The Birds (1963)
Set in Bodega Bay, California, this film focuses on a series of violent bird attacks, which cause the residents’ concern and irritation. And if you find its special effects inadequate (which is quite expected since, indeed, they are out-dated) you will be amazed by its escalating suspense, until the very end.
For those who wish to watch something different, such as a documentary, this week has two wonderful ones to offer:
The Salt of the Earth (2014)
You can watch a biographical documentary film portraying the life and work of Brazilian social photographer Sebastião Salgado at Cine Pallas (109 Imittou st., Pagkrati). This film, due to its outstanding direction and photography, was in the fifth place in the list of my top 10 films watched in 2015.
El Botón de Nácar (2015)
Patricio Guzmán’s newest documentary film, a journey to his country’s, Chile, interesting history is currently being played at ASTY cinema (4 Korai st., near Panepistimio metro station). You can read a short review that I wrote a couple of months ago here.