North by Northwest

Alfred Hitchcock's wonderful 1959 chase movie is one of his absolute best, an espionage romp for the ages. Criss-crossing the country from cornfield to Mount Rushmore, Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint embody every sly, sexy nuance of Ernest's Lehman's excellent script. Sample dialogue exchange: Grant—"When I was a little boy, I wouldn't even let my mother undress me." Saint—"Well, you're a big boy now." So cool. So hot. Then, beyond the famous crop-duster sequence, there's that priceless final train shot, still guaranteed to raise a hoot. The film plays as part of the Wednesday-night Summer Classics Series, projected scratch-free from digital prints, which concludes next week with Cabaret. Call for showtimes. (NR) BRIAN MILLER

Wed., July 18, 2012

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