The French Hitchcock | Newberry

The French Hitchcock

Led by Harrison Sherrod
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Four sessions, Wednesdays, March 10 - March 31

6 - 7 pm (Central Time)

Full. Email to be added to the wait list.

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Seminar Description

Claude Chabrol, a founding member of the French New Wave, is often compared to Alfred Hitchcock for his interest in the sinister forces and homicidal tendencies lurking beneath the underbelly of bourgeois society. Directing over fifty feature length films, Chabrol fuses the formal iconoclasm of the New Wave with the tropes of the thriller and suspense genres, making his movies at once innovative and accessible. This seminar will analyze four films that encapsulate his quintessentially mordant worldview and trademark filmmaking tendencies.

Four sessions. Registration – $120

Harrison Sherrod manages a film production company by day and teaches seminars at the Newberry by night. He has led courses on everything from metaphysical detectives and con games to Star Wars and Marxism.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

  • This seminar will require participants to view several films. These will be available to watch, rent, or purchase on streaming platforms such as Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, or Google Play. The instructor will provide links to these films in advance.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for this seminar.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 13th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 7 at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email to be added to the wait list.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.