Buoyed by the success of a recent series of screenings that showcased the work of directors like Akiro Kurosawa and John Carpenter, the Lone Star Film Society will honor two more master filmmakers this August: Hayao Miyazaki and Alfred Hitchcock.
In a partnership with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, which has the only theater in Fort Worth capable of showing archival film prints, the LSFS will screen five Miyazaki and six Hitchcock films over the course of the month.
The five Miyazaki films — Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke — will be shown over four consecutive weekends starting on August 2. Several screenings will include either introductions from or discussions with UT Dallas film professors. For purists, Spirited Away will be shown both in Japanese with English subtitles and in dubbed English.
August 28-31 will belong to Hitchcock. The LSFS will present four of his classics — The 39 Steps, Psycho, Notorious and Rear Window — as well as two of his early silent films, Blackmail and The Lodger. The two silent films, introduced by film professors from TCU and SMU, will be accompanied by live music courtesy of pianist Robert Edwards and film composer Curtis Heath.
Tickets for each film, which are now on sale, range from $5-$9, with Lone Star Film Society and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth members receiving discounts.