The Genius of Hitchcock
–Posted by Calum Sager on 25 June 2012
Two years ago the BFI began a major fundraising campaign - Rescue the Hitchcock 9 - in support of the BFI National Archive's biggest single project to date: the full restoration of the director's nine surviving silent films. The development of Hitchcock's work during the silent era is crucial to an understanding of his filmmaking style, but none of the titles has benefited from full archival restoration in the digital age. Now, thanks to the generous support of BFI Members, hundreds of Hitchcock fans, trusts and foundations, corporate partners, rights-holders and archives around the world, we can look upon these films afresh. This celebration of Hitchcock's silent gems will begin this month with a series of landmark presentations of the films across London, screened together with scores commissioned from some of Britain's most exciting musical talents.
Tickets for the screenings of 'The Pleasure Garden' and 'Blackmail' have already sold out, however tickets are still available for the screening of 'The Ring' which will be held at Hackney Empire and presented with the world premiere of a jazz score by Soweto Kinch, performed live by the Soweto Kinch Band. Tickets are also available for the screening of 'The Lodger', Hitchcock's first suspense thriller, acclaimed as 'the finest British production ever made' by the Bioscope journal on its release. The screening will be supplemented with the world premiere of a new orchestral score by Nitin Sawhney, commissioned by Network Releasing in partnership with the BFI, performed live by the London Symphony Orchestra and guest artists.
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