Critic to analyze Catholic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock Feb. 18

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - A film critic will analyze Catholic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock Feb. 18 at Gettysburg College.

The 7:30 p.m. lecture will take place in McCreary Hall's Bowen Auditorium. Richard Alleva will give an analysis of Hitchcock as a Catholic filmmaker. Hitchcock was a devout Catholic who attended church regularly throughout his life. Some of the themes he used in his work – terror inflicted upon the unknowing, guilt, fear and redemption – encompass his Catholic background. The event is open to the public at no charge.

After receiving his MFA from Catholic University's drama department, Alleva worked as an actor with the National Players, touring the USA and Germany in productions of Shakespeare and Moliere. After numerous other roles in other theater companies, he became the film critic for Crisis Magazine in 1985, decamping for Commonweal in 1990, where he now shares the movie reviewing post with Rand Cooper. Film director Peter Bogdanovich selected Alleva's essay, "I Would Toss Myself Aside" for the 1999 edition of "Best American Movie Writing." His review of "Schindler's List" concluded the anthology, "Commonweal Confronts the Century."

Alleva's talk will be the 2009 Newman Lecture, which is sponsored by the Newman Association, a group composed of students and campus ministers that partner with Gettysburg College's Catholic Campus Ministry. Its purpose is to provide an environment in which Catholic students can practice their faith through meaningful worship and find community through social and service activities that enhance their own spiritual growth and development. This event is co-sponsored by the Commonweal College Speakers Program, which is made possible thanks to a generous gift from James H. Duffy, and by the Gettysburg College Theatre Arts Department.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

By: Justin Brower, class of 2010

Contact: Kendra Martin, director of media relations

Posted: Mon, 9 Feb 2009

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