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Hitchcock Silent Film Season at BFI Southbank

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Alfred Hitchcock is one of the mot iconic Hollywood film directors of all time; but before his great classics such as Dial M for Murder (1954), To Catch a Thief (1955), and Vertigo (1958), came his British silents.

Between 1925 - 1929, Hitchcock completed ten silent movies. Unfortunately, after eighty years of poor care, what remained of these treasures was in a pretty grim state (Mountain Eagle was lost entirely). The BFI took it upon themselves to start a projects: 'Rescue the Hitchcock 9'. After years of hard work, these films have finally been restored, throughout August, they will be showing you the results at their Southbank cinema. Some such as Blackmail (1929) were able to be restored using original camera negatives, but others needed a lot more work. His first completed film, The Pleasure Garden (1925) was edited together by various surviving copies, then touched up and tinted. There are also cases, like with The Ring (1927), where the original soundtrack had to be replaced with a more modern theme.

Tickets are between £8.50-£12.10 and include other films such as The Lodger (1926), which was inspired by Jack the Ripper, and Hitchcock's first suspense thriller. Downhill (1927) tells the tale of a schoolboy who takes the rap for getting his friend's girlfriend pregnant, while Easy Virtue (1927) is an adaptation of a play by NoŽl Coward. You will also be able to see The Farmer's Wife (1928), Champagne (1928), and The Manxman (1929).
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Why? Fun for film lovers
When: Until 31st August
Phone: 020 7928 3232
Where: BFI Southbank
Cost: £8.50-£12.10
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