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Strangers on A Train in a cemetery

If you wanted to commit the perfect murder, how would you do it?  If you were one of Alfred Hitchcock’s characters, you’d meet a stranger on a train and “exchange” murders.  Unless, of course, one of you turns out to be a psychopath with a penchant for strangling and blackmail.

Strangers on a Train Movie Poster

Strangers on a Train. Alfred Hitchcock. 1951.

 

This is the second film I’ve seen at the Hollywood Forever cemetery (first being Harold and Maude), which is incidentally where both Joey Ramone and Jayne Mansfield are buried.  It is also probably the only mystery film I’ve seen where suspense is built through a tennis match.  Hitchcock must’ve been a French Open fan.

Strangers on a Train Tennis Scene

Strangers on a Train. Alfred Hitchcock. 1951.

 

Along with being a famed music venue (Bon Iver!), Hollywood Forever is also rented out by Cinespia every year for a season of screening old and odd films.  It’s like a mini-Coachella for film buffs and cemetery dwellers…and wine, picnic blankets, and cheese boards are abound.

Since I officially castrated my DSLR (i.e. demolished the lens by trying to repair it), here are my intagram-a-riffic iPhone pics from the evening:

Vintage hair

Vintage plaid dress and glam hair!

Eggplant knit tights

Eggplant knit tights

Flowers

Hollywood forever

Best seats in the cemetery

Picnic

“Picnic Time!” basket

Sofia's Riesling

Sofia’s Riesling

Hollywood Forever Cinespia

Hollywood Forever Cinespia screening of Strangers on a Train by Alfred Hitchcock

Hollywood Forever Cinespia

Hollywood Forever Cinespia screening of Strangers on a Train by Alfred Hitchcock

If you live in the LA area, I would definitely recommend braving the long line and hoards of people and pack up a picnic to watch a film in Hollywood’s oldest cemetery under the smog-covered stars.  Here’s the schedule of films coming up (Sabrina and Grease!).

Bisous!

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