John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915) created a new kind of hero: Richard Hannay, the ordinary man caught up through no fault of his own in a devilish global conspiracy which threatens the very survival of the nation-state to which he owes his (sometimes battered) allegiance. His enemies really are out to get him. But who are they? And who can he trust? It’s no surprise that this story was taken up again as international tensions heightened during the 1930s in Alfred Hitchcock’s remarkable 1935 screen version of Buchan’s thriller. This classic depiction of a man on the run from a conspiracy he barely understands will be introduced by David Trotter, King Edward VII Professor of English at Cambridge, who will discuss the film’s links to Buchan’s original novel and to the conspiracy theories of the 1930s.
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Events in the Series
|Conspiracies and Conspiracy Film Season|
|Conspiracy Film Season: The Manchurian Candidate (1962)|
11 February 2014, Arts Picturehouse Cinema, 38-39 St Andrew's Street Cambridge CB2 3AR
Film screening with an introduction from Peter Knight, author of Conspiracy Culture: American Paranoia from the Kennedy Assassination to the X-Files.
|Conspiracy Film Season: Rosemary's Baby|
18 February 2014, Arts Picturehouse Cinema, 38-39 St Andrew's Street, Cambridge
Film screening with an introduction by Michael Newton, film writer for the Guardian and author of Age of Assassins.
|Conspiracy Film Season: All The President’s Men|
25 February 2014, Arts Picturehouse Cinema, 38-39 St Andrew's Street Cambridge
Film screening with an introduction by John Naughton, one of the lead investigators on the Conspiracy and Democracy project, and Helen Thompson of Cambridge University, who will talk about presidential politics, investigative journalism and the struggle to uncover the truth.
|Conspiracy Film Season: Hidden Agenda|
04 March 2014, Arts Picturehouse Cinema, 38-39 St Andrew's Street Cambridge
A film screening with an introduction from historian Tony Craig and film producer David Hickman, who will discuss conspiracies involving the British secret state and their representation on film.
|Conspiracy Film Season: 39 Steps (1935)|
11 March 2014, Arts Picturehouse Cinema, 38-39 St Andrew's Street Cambridge
A screening of the film with an introduction from David Trotter, King Edward VII Professor of English at Cambridge