Donald Spoto Talk and ‘The Lady Vanishes’


On the occasion of the publication of his new book, The Redgraves: A Family Epic, Donald Spoto will visit the IFI on 3 rd November at 15.20 for the screening of The Lady Vanishes and afterwards to give a talk drawing on the many strands of his film writing and research, and his lifelong passion for film.

A noted film biographer, subjects of Donald Spoto’s works have included Stanley Kramer, Preston Sturges, Laurence Olivier, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman and Grace Kelly, but he is perhaps most familiar for his numerous works on Alfred Hitchcock including his classic and authoritative text The Art of Alfred Hitchcock Fifty Years of His Motion Pictures. His latest book The Redgraves: A Family Epic is the product of more than thirty years of research and examines at more than a century of the Redgrave acting dynasty across four generations.

A screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes offers Spoto an opportunity to unite some of his topics of interest, starring as it does Michael Redgrave in his first leading role on screen. Iris (Margaret Lockwood) wakes to fine that a fellow passenger, an eccentric elderly woman has disappeared, her existence denied by the remaining passengers. Aided by Gilbert (Redgrave), she sets out to solve the mystery. Combining classic cinema with Spoto’s scholarship and wit, it promises to be a stimulating event for all film fans.

Tickets are available from the IFI Box Office on 01 679 347 or online at


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