The 24 Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival begins Thursday, November 4 running through Sunday, November 15. Sporting a record 447 films, 97 narrative and 86 documentary feature films, plus 264 short films will screen. The fiction and nonfiction, live action and animation selections hail from 70 countries. If all these statistics sound overwhelming, the 270 programs are.
“The 39 Steps” began life as a novel and has been made into at least three movies, but the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock version is the favorite. It's the one that Patrick Barlow and John Buchan raided for their stage version.
Sir Alfred Hitchcock was, unquestionably, a cinematic genius, a man who made a lasting mark on film substance and style for decades. Director Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock” dramatizes him as an inspired, jealous and conflicted man during his production of “Psycho.” The truth was, according to several, far less complimentary than the sympathetic, sometimes silly portrait painted here.