Murder in the Living Room: Hitchcock by Hitchcock
A complete retrospective of the twenty telefilms Hitchcock directed between 1955 and 1962, organized thematically and rounded out with rarely seen interviews, documentaries, and other curios. Among the highlights is the full-color print of "Incident at a Corner" (Ford Startime), a program not seen since its original airing in 1960. The telefilms Alfred Hitchcock personally directed for his various anthologies tend to be glossed over in any serious discussions of his prolific career as a filmmaker. Yet what's so fascinating about his work in television is not only how he used the medium to further brand himself as the Master of Suspense, but how he used it to work out visual ideas he would execute in features like The Wrong Man, Vertigo, and Psycho.
The exhibition debuted in 1997; it was reprised two years later, in conjunction with MoMA, to coincide with the Hitchcock centennial. In 2000, I presented it at the BFI; from there, it played at the Cinémathèque Française and other institutions.