The Lady Vanishes

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Poster for the film THE LADY VANISHES

The Lady Vanishes

Part of our Cinema Studies program

On a train headed for England a group of travelers is delayed by an avalanche. Holed up in a hotel in a fictional European country, young Iris (Margaret Lockwood) befriends elderly Miss Froy (Dame May Whitty). When the train resumes, Iris suffers a bout of unconsciousness and wakes to find the old woman has disappeared. The other passengers ominously deny Miss Froy ever existed, so Iris begins to investigate with another traveler (Michael Redgrave) and, as the pair search for the missing passenger, romantic sparks fly.

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes will be accompanied by a lecture from Dr. Sheril Antonio, Associate Arts Professor in the Department of Art and Public Policy and the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives at New York University.

"As full of surprises, horrors, thrills, even humor, as the other Hitchcock productions."
John C. Mosher, The New Yorker


Screening followed by class with Dr. Sheril Antonio, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Professor
Sunday, Oct. 29 2023, 11:00
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Dr. Sheril Antonio is Associate Arts Professor in the Department of Art and Public Policy, the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and the recipient of a 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award. Her courses include: Anatomy of Difference: The Other in Film, The World Through Art, Language of Film, and Issues in Contemporary African American Cinema. She received Curricular Development Challenge Grants for two courses: Issues in Contemporary African-American Cinema (taught 1992 – 1995) and The Summer Film & Video Program for High School Students (designed in collaboration in 1995 and still running today). She is a frequent lecturer whose presentations include: a live online debate about the movie Precious with Stanley Crouch; Lincoln Center Education Forum and Future Filmmakers Workshop. She is an Emeritus Board Member of Ghetto Film School and has participated in numerous projects with Panasonic Kid Witness News and the NAACP. She has been interviewed for television, radio, print and has available lectures on line.

Dr. Antonio is co-author of Dramatic Effects with a Movie Camera (2021) and author of Contemporary African American Cinema (2001). Her other works include: Identity, Originality, Multiculturalism and Accountability in 21st Century Art; a feature essay for the inaugural issue of Black Camera: The Urban-Rural Binary in Black American Film and Culture (Indiana University Press, 2009); New Black Cinema: When Self-Empowerment Becomes Assimilation (Bertz Verlang, 2006); and Matriarchs, Rebels, Adventurers, and Survivors: Renditions of Black Womanhood in Contemporary African American Cinema (Sight & Sound, Supplement, July 2005); as well as several blogs for Huffington Post and Do Hollywood Films Truly Reflect Life in America.

This film is part of the Beyond Suspicion: Alfred Hitchcock 2023 series.

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