Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1938 • United Kingdom
Starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas
In Alfred Hitchcock’s most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, the beautiful Margaret Lockwood, traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster (Dame May Whitty), who then seems to disappear into thin air. The younger woman turns investigator and finds herself drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure. Also starring Michael Redgrave, THE LADY VANISHES remains one of the great filmmaker’s purest delights.
In these 1962 audio interview excerpts, illustrated with images and film clips, director Alfred Hitchcock reminisces about THE LADY VANISHES and British cinema with filmmaker François Truffaut. Helen G. Scott serves as translator.
This 2007 video essay, featuring film scholar Leonard Leff (“Hitchcock and Selznick: The Rich and Strange Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick in Hollywood”), addresses THE LADY VANISHES’ British context and political underpinnings, and the details and techniques that undeniabl...