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While on vacation in London, Canadian Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) becomes embroiled in an international spy ring related to the mysterious “39 steps.” Then he meets agent Annabella Smith (Lucie Mannheim), who is soon killed in his apartment. He must elude the police, who are hunting him for murder, while he tries to stop Professor Jordan (Godfrey Tearle) from sending secrets out of the country. Hannay is assisted by Pamela (Madeleine Carroll), an unwilling accomplice who discovers the truth.
New York City ad executive Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant) finds himself pursued by ruthless spy Phillip Vandamm (James Mason) after Vandamm mistakes Thornhill for a CIA agent. Hunted relentlessly by Vandamm’s associates, the harried Thornhill ends up on a cross-country journey, looking for a way to survive and meeting the beautiful and mysterious Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) along the way.
Laid up with a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to his tiny, sweltering courtyard apartment. To pass the time between visits from his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and his fashion model girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly), the binocular-wielding Jeffries stares through the rear window of his apartment at the goings-on in the other apartments around his courtyard. Of particular interest to Jeff is Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr), a traveling salesman who spends much of his time at home arguing with his bedridden wife. After the wife disappears and Jeff observes Lars’ increasingly suspicious behavior, Jeff becomes convinced that the salesman has committed murder. What follows is an increasingly dangerous game of cat and mouse that puts Jeff and those he cares for in dire jeopardy.
Cultures collide when an American businessman (Tom Hanks) is sent to Saudi Arabia to close what he hopes will be the deal of a lifetime. Baffled by local customs and stymied by an opaque bureaucracy, he eventually finds his footing with the help of a wise-cracking taxi driver (Alexander Black) and a beautiful Saudi doctor (Sarita Choudhury).
Just before hosting a dinner party, Philip Morgan (Farley Granger) and Brandon Shaw (John Dall) strangle a mutual friend to death with a piece of rope, purely as a Nietzsche-inspired philosophical exercise. Hiding the body in a chest upon which they then arrange a buffet dinner, the pair welcome their guests, including the victim’s oblivious fiancée (Joan Chandler) and the college professor (James Stewart) whose lectures inadvertently inspired the killing.
in French with English subtitles
In the carefree days before World War I, introverted Austrian author Jules (Oskar Werner) strikes up a friendship with the exuberant Frenchman Jim (Henri Serre). Both men fall for the impulsive and beautiful Catherine (Jeanne Moreau), but it’s Jules who wins her hand. After the war, Jim visits Jules, Catherine and their daughter in their Austrian home and discovers not only that his feelings for Catherine are unchanged, but also that they’re reciprocated.
Sat, May 7 at 2:30PM
in German, English, French, Hebrew with English subtitles
Four days only! One of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt’s insights into the nature of evil, totalitarianism, ideologies, and the perils faced by refugees are more relevant than ever. This thought provoking and spirited documentary, with its abundance of archival materials, offers an intimate portrait of the whole of Arendt’s life, traveling to places where she lived, worked, loved, and was betrayed.
in French with English subtitles
In this elegant political thriller, Pierre, a one-time best-selling author, agrees to work as a ghost writer for Joseph – a man who commands the political influence at the heart of the French State. Joseph is fomenting a conspiracy against the Interior Minister and will take advantage of his new protege to achieve his own ends. Soon realizing the life-threatening implications linked to his new job, Pierre will be seduced by Laura, a young activist. But is she really as harmless as she looks?
Wed, May 18 at 8PM
in Hebrew with English subtitles
Reel Israel DC
On the eve of the Gulf War, Talila Katz, a smart, sexy Tel Aviv advertising executive, dumps her self-centered boyfriend, Ofer, and pursues the sweet but emotionally remote hunk Noah. Though air-raid sirens resound all around her, Talila, 32, is preoccupied with winning Noah’s love. But as her parents squabble and her sister endures an unfaithful husband, Talila faces the question of aloneness. As neighbors and friends don gas masks in sealed rooms, Talila is consumed with matters of the heart.
Wed, May 25 at 8PM