Unit 8 Films

Rear Window 1954 - Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Rear Window is the chilling story about a man who witnesses what he believes to be a murder but as he investigates further the sights of the killer soon turn onto him and immobilized by his broken leg is plunged into mortal peril. Starring James Stewart, Grace Kelley, Thelma Ritter, and Wendell Corey. A man who is kept in his house by his broken leg sees a murder trying to cover up his wife's death.

Diabolique 1955 - The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. Diabolique was directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, and stars Simone Signoret and Vera Clouzot.

Wait Until Dark 1967 - A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment. In the end the trio dies and the woman is finally reunited with her husband. Wait Until Dark was directed by Terence Young and produced by Mel Ferrer. It starred Audrey Hepburn as the young blind woman, Alan Arkin as the violent criminal searching for some drugs, and Richard Cenna as the other criminal.

Duel 1971 - A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by a malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Dennis Weaver plays the terrified motorist who is being chased and stalked by a huge tanker truck and its unseen, psychotic driver. This film has a good use of parallel editing~this is when they pan back and forth from two different scenes to create suspense and make you think that the two different scenes are happening at the same time.

Dial M for Murder 1954 - An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. His plan is to murder his wife for her money and because she cheated on him the year before. He blackmails an old college associate to strangle her, but even though that didn't work he still made it work out to his own advantage...In London, wealthy Margot Mary Wendice had a brief love affair with the American writer Mark Halliday while her husband and professional tennis player Tony Wendice was on a tennis tour. Tony quits playing to dedicate to his wife and finds a regular job. She decides to give him a second chance for their marriage. When Mark arrives from America to visit the couple, Margot tells him that she had destroyed all his letters but one that was stolen. Subsequently she was blackmailed, but she had never retrieved the stolen letter. Tony arrives home, claims that he needs to work and asks Margot to go with Mark to the theater. Meanwhile Tony calls Captain Lesgate (aka Charles Alexander Swann who studied with him at college) and blackmails him to murder his wife, so that he can inherit her fortune. But there is no perfect crime, and things do not work as planned. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelley.

Vertigo 1958 - A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart. Stewart's character is plagued by a fear of heights that has forced him to quit his job as a detective after he accidentally allows a coworker to fall from a tall building to his death. An old friend of him asks him to follow his wife because he suspects supernatural forces are causing her to act strangely. The detective falls in love with the wife, though in the final of her several attempts to kill herself, she seemingly jumps from a high bell tower. This devastates him, and he only begins to recover when he finds a woman that looks strikingly like the woman he fell in love with. He forces her to wear similar clothing and dye her hair to the wife's hair color. He brings her to the same tower, where he confronts her on being a actress who was paid to impersonate the wife so the man could get away with murder. In a strange twist of fate, after they are reconciled she is startled by a nun and falls out of the bell tower to her presumed death.

North by Northwest 1959 - A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.
North by Northwest is a 1959 American thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason, and featuring Leo G. Carroll and Martin Landau. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, who wanted to write "the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures".
North by Northwest is a tale of mistaken identity, with an innocent man pursued across the United States by agents of a mysterious organization who want to stop his interference in their plans to smuggle out microfilm containing government secrets