Learning Beyond the Classics


Alfred Hitchcock has directed some of the most iconic and enjoyable films in cinema history. Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint scrambling across Mt. Rushmore. Jimmy Stewart leaping into San Francisco Bay. Anthony Perkins welcoming Janet Leigh to the Bates Motel…

In a career that spanned more than 50 years and included over 60 films, Hitchcock created unforgettable moments of suspense, romance, and horror. The length of his career and his ability to control the production of his films mean that many of his works display similar visual and narrative elements and explore recurring themes such as criminality, guilt, and mistaken identity. The remarkable longevity and consistency of Hitchcock’s career have inspired critics, fans, and film scholars to develop new approaches to analyzing his films, from the “auteur” theory advanced by French filmmakers in the 1960s to more recent frameworks that focus on voyeurism and sexuality.

This Learning Beyond the Classics series explores Hitchcock films and offers a deep dive into the fascinating world around them. The films include those that are known and loved, as well as films that have not screened yet publicly at the Center. The screenings are organized into four modules that cut across different time periods and production circumstances:

  1. Crimes and Criminals,
  2. Women, Guilt, and the Law,
  3. Men, Conscience, and Complicity, and
  4. Spies and Spycraft

The broad survey will allow great insight into how Alfred Hitchcock influenced Hollywood, art cinema, film theory, various genres, and more.

Only $28 for the entire series!

Wednesdays at 7:30 P.M.
January 16–April 24
at the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Tickets for this series are no longer available.

About Learning Beyond the Classics

Learning Beyond the Classics is a venture that brings the film studies classroom experience to the general public. The series includes a weekly reading, recorded lectures on the films you can listen to at your leisure, and a discussion after each film. All are welcome to sign up for the series. Come to explore and appreciate classic films at a new level.

Course Instructors:

Dr. Susan Ohmer is an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Film, Television, and Theatre Department and The William T. Carey and Helen Kuhn Carey Chair in Modern Communication. After receiving her doctorate from New York University, her research has focused on the industrial and organizational aspects of media companies and has appeared in journals including Film History and various other anthologies.

Ricky Herbst is the Cinema Program Director at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. A graduate of Notre Dame, Yale Law School, and the University of Cambridge, Ricky remains interested in how the law and media—particularly film—have been used, sometimes in conjunction, both to bring together and segregate populations.

Film Selections

North by Northwest (1959) Wednesday, April 24, 2019 VIEW DETAILS
The Lodger (1927) Wednesday, May 1, 2019 VIEW DETAILS

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What does the fee include?

The $28 fee includes a package of one ticket to all 14 screenings in the series and access to the course readings, recorded lectures, and discussions. Attendance is not mandatory, but there are no refunds or exchanges for dates not attended. As with other ticket packages, you may purchase multiples in a single transaction by selecting the number of seats to add to your shopping cart. All seating for the course is general admission. 

Not interested in signing up for the entire course?
You may still attend series screenings as a regular cinema patron. Notre Dame, Holy Cross, Saint Mary’s, and IUSB students are able to attend individual screenings for free but must pay if they want to ensure a seat and enroll in the series.

How do I receive the course materials?

Course materials will be emailed prior to each screening.

When is the deadline to enroll?

The deadline to enroll for the course is January 16, 2019.

Do I get credit from the University of Notre Dame for taking this course?

No, this course is for general education only and no credit is offered.

Will there be any assignments or exams given?

Those who sign up for the series are not required to produce essays or take exams. Nothing is required to be brought to the weekly screenings, other than your ticket.

Do I have to purchase the entire course to watch any of these films?

If you are not interested in signing up for the course, you may still attend series screenings as a regular cinema patron.

Do I have to attend all films in the series?

You are not required to attend all the films in the series, however, no refunds will be given for dates not attended.

Can I receive a refund or credit if I miss a screening?

There are no refunds or exchanges for dates not attended.

Who can I contact for questions about this series?

For questions about the film series, contact Ricky Herbst at 574-631-5511. For general inquiries, contact the Ticket Office at 574-631-2800. The Ticket Office is open Monday–Friday, noon–6 p.m. and one hour prior to events.

How do I get there?

Located directly north of Eddy Street Commons, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is easy to find on Notre Dame’s south campus. (DeBartolo Hall is a different building.) Our address is 100 Performing Arts Center and the Browning Cinema is on the second level, accessible by elevators.

View our Directions + Parking page for more details.

Where can I park?

The gated Stayer Lot (north of the center) and Stadium Lot (east of Legends of Notre Dame), and the ungated Visitor Lot are free and open to the public weekdays after 5 p.m. and weekends. Accessible parking is on the center’s east side. Parking at the entrance is not permitted except in the 10-minute parking zone. University events may occasionally restrict parking—attendants on duty will direct you to the nearest available lot.