Next month, the Grandview Heights Public Library will give people a chance to come out of the heat and get a chill or two.

Next month, the Grandview Heights Public Library will give people a chance to come out of the heat and get a chill or two.

The library will present an Alfred Hitchcock Film Festival at 6:30 p.m. each Monday in August, except Aug. 16.

The series follows library film festivals spotlighting film noir in January and Japanese classics in June. Last year the library offered another film noir festival and a collection of movies by Ingmar Bergmann.

"The previous festivals featured a lot of movies that people may not have been familiar with," said Chris Boerger, a library circulation staff member who organizes each festival.

"I wanted to do one that featured films by a director that everybody knows," he said.

The Hitchcock films he selected where chosen in part to reflect a good mix of the Master of Suspense's work, Boerger said.

But in organizing this and the other festivals, there are also some practical considerations, he said.

"The films have to be short enough, basically no longer than a couple of hours, so we can start at 6:30 and have time before the library closes," Boerger said. "We also have to have licensing agreements in place that allows the library to have a public screening."

The Hitchcock series will kick off Monday with 1938's "The Lady Vanishes," which tells the story of a socialite's search for a missing woman her fellow train passengers say never existed.

"The other films in this series are some of my favorite Hitchcock movies, but this one I haven't seen for a long time," Boerger said. "It's a good selection because it comes from his early English period."

On Aug. 9, the library will screen "Shadow of a Doubt."

Hitchcock named the 1943 film as his favorite of his American movies, Boerger said.

The other films will be "Notorious," with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, on Aug. 23 and "Rear Window," starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly on Aug. 30.

Each movie is shown in large-screen digital projection.

Because of time constraints, there are no formal discussions following the films, Boerger said.

"But there's several regulars who come to our festivals and we go out afterwards to a restaurant for dinner and cocktails and talk about the film," he said.

A film discussion group, initiated by the library but now run by participants, continues to meet at the library at 6:45 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, Boerger said.

The group selects a particular film to watch each month, then discusses it at the next session, he said.

As a film fan himself, Boerger said he's enjoyed having the opportunity to curate the library's film festivals.

"It's a lot of fun getting the chance to expose people to films that maybe they haven't seen or even heard of before," he said.

The Hitchcock festival is the last one currently scheduled, but Boerger said he is hoping he will be able to organize other festivals later this year or next.

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