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IN CONVERSATION ONLINE – The Architecture of Suspense: Wright’s Impact on Alfred Hitchcock’s Cinematic Villain’s Lair

April 18, 2024

If Wright was the greatest architect of the 20th century, then Hitchcock was likely the greatest director. Join us as Christine Madrid French discusses her new book, The Architecture of Suspense, and how architecture, specifically the villain’s lair, becomes a character in Hitchcock’s classic films.


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10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Adults $25
Students (13-25 with student ID) $17
Members $22.50

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Christine French

Meet Our Presenter

Christine Madrid French is an historian and advocate for the study and preservation of American architecture. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and is a graduate of the University of Utah and the University of Virginia (MArH). She has worked as an historian for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., directed the Modern + Recent Past Program at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is the Director of Advocacy & Programs at San Francisco Heritage. Her book The Architecture of Suspense: The Built World in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock (University of Virginia Press, 2022), focusing on the real-world histories of cinematic structures, was featured in the October 2022 issue of Vanity Fair.   

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