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Alfred Hitchcock

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

Hollywood is and always has been, a hypocritical place. From it’s earliest days the all powerful studio bosses put out an image of their stars as wholesome, clean living, family people, who’s sole purpose was to bring entertainment and fun…

Top 10 Michael Redgrave Films

While working with some of the biggest directors and actors in the business, British actor Michael Redgrave, is perhaps someone more overlooked than he should be.  Indeed, his roles and acting style represent a wealth of British acting…

The Hitchcock 9

The British Film Institute's major restorations of Alfred Hitchcock's existing nine extant silent films made 1925-1929 before he switched to sound is touring the US with musical accompaniments.  I watched the series courtesy of the San…

Blackmail (1929)

With Blackmail we have a full-fledged twisty Hitchcock crime thriller. He must have had fun with this one; no wonder he did both a silent and a sound version. There are many ingenious visual moments, including not just one but two cameos by…

The Manxman (1929)

"Adapted from the famous story by Sir Hall Caine," the opening title proclaims. Another topic designed to be easily grasped by the popular audience that devoured several new movies every week, The Manxman is about a fisherman and a rising…

Champagne (1928)

Champagne is a film slim in emotional content, but vibrant with the frivolity of the Jazz Age and tinged with a hint of the coming Great Depression. It's about a rich playgirl whose father decides to teach her a lesson while she's playing…

The Farmer’s Wife (1928)

"He'll be the next to wed now his daughter's marryin', says the handyman (Gordon Harker) after Farmer Sweetland's wife dies. "Why not? There's something magical in the married state. . . it have a beautiful side, Churdles Ash," answers…

The Ring (1927)

The Ring features the only Hitchcock screenplay he fully originated. It's a down-and-dirty carnival boxer's tale that's one of his most cinematic and visually rich silents, full of intense chiaroscuro and atmospheric, teeming crowd scenes…