Detroit Film Theatre

Alfred Hitchcock's THE RING

Saturday, March 08, 2014

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(UK/1927—directed by Alfred Hitchcock)
Hitchcock’s sixth film as a director was also his one and only original screenplay, and it demonstrates early on his complete grasp of the nuts and bolts of cinematic structure. A love triangle set in the world of boxing, The Ring shows Hitchcock’s fascination with the minute details of the sport; as a fan, Hitchcock had himself attended a number of championship bouts at London’s Albert Hall, which appears in the film (and would again years later in The Man Who Knew Too Much). Filled with visual tricks and impressive sets – including a full-scale fairground populated with hundreds of extras, built on the studio lot – The Ring hints strongly at the can-you-top-this visual spectacles that Hitchcock would create in the decades to follow; it was described upon its release by London’s Daily Mail as “the greatest production ever made in England.” A Rialto Pictures Release. Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with Studiocanal. Principal restoration funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142 and the Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation. (108 min.)
Live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin.