In two weeks, San Juan Bautista is putting on an Alfred Hitchcock symposium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the filiming of “Vertigo.” The filming took place at the San Juan Bautista Mission from October 9 – October 16, 1957. The “Vertigo Weekend” will feature a showing of Vertigo in the Old Mission on Friday, October 5. On Saturday, a special mass will be held in the Old Mission to celebrate the life of Alfred and Alma Hitchcock. Local restaurants will feature kickoff dinners and there will be bus and walking tours of San Juan Bautista.
James Katz, the restorer of the film “Vertigo” will be in attendance, as well as Hitchcock’s daughter Pat Hitchcock O’Connell and other members of the family, presumably Tere Carrubba and Mary Stone and Katie Fiala, the granddaughters. It will be a great time for all lover of Hitchcock films. If you want more information, go this link.
Now San Juan Bautista is only eight miles from my house and I have previously had the pleasure of meeting Pat Hitchcock O’Connell, Tere Carrubba, Mary Stone and Katie. But there’s just one problem. I can’t come.
Why can’t I come? Because I will be in Paris and Amsterdam that whole week, returning on Sunday. For the first time in my life, I am going to Europe. But why did it have to be on this weekend? Of all the dumb luck. Imagine, stuck in Paris when I could be in San Juan Bautista on the 50th Anniversary of Vertigo. Believe me, it’s a toss up, but since we already paid for the tickets and hotels and made the reservations, we are going to Paris.
If you love Hitchcock and live in the San Francisco Bay Area or anywhere within driving distance, don’t fail to come to San Juan Bautista that weekend. It should be fun and memorable.
Picture above, right: Alfred Hitchcock discusses the filming with Kim Novak just outside the horse barn in San Juan Bautista. I have stood in this very spot many times and it hasn’t changed a bit in 50 years.