July 14, 2012

Secret Agent at the AFI in Silver Spring, MD

The American Film Institute theater in Silver Spring, MD, presents Spy Cinema, a series of espionage films from June 29 to Sept. 19, 2012 – and included in the retrospective is the Alfred Hitchcock classic Secret Agent (1936).

Show times for Secret Agent:
  • July 14, Saturday – 6:30 pm
  • July 15, Sunday – 11 am
  • July 16, Monday – 7 pm

Tickets are $11.50 for general admission; $9 for seniors 65 years and older, students, and the military (with proper ID); and $7 for children 12 and under. For AFI members, admission is $8.50. AFI Member Passes will be accepted for all movies in the Spy Cinema series.

Tickets for may be reserved on-line through the AFI Silver website. Click the “Buy Tickets” button, then scroll to the title Secret Agent, click the link and select a show date and time. Tickets reserved on-line must be claimed at the box office with the same credit card used to make the reservation. The AFI Silver accepts American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards.

Tickets may also be purchased at the AFI Silver box office, which opens 30 minutes before the first film of the day.

The AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Road, at the intersection of Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue, in Silver Spring, MD. Directions to the cinema may be found on the AFI Silver website.

Parking is available in several public parking decks close to the theater. Most convenient is the Wayne Avenue garage, located at 921 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Parking at the Wayne Avenue garage is free on weekends and after 8 pm on weekdays. More information on parking can be found on the AFI Silver website, under Parking.

For his book The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre, author Stephen D. Youngkin interviewed Alfred Hitchcock on Oct. 17, 1973, as the director recalled working with Peter on Secret Agent and The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934).

But while The Man Who Knew Too Much marked the start of Peter’s screen association with Hitchcock,Secret Agent essentially ended it.

Towards the end of his career, Peter Lorre appeared in two episodes of the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents: "The Diplomatic Corpse" (Dec. 8, 1957) and "Man From the South" (Mar. 13, 1960). The latter episode was postponed from its original air-date of Jan. 3, 1960, as CBS considered its gruesome storyline inappropriate for the holiday season. Although Hitchcock hosted the episodes, neither was among those he himself directed.

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