Detroit Film Theatre

Alfred Hitchcock's BLACKMAIL

Saturday, February 01, 2014

3:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(UK/1929—directed by Alfred Hitchcock)
This stunning 4K digital restoration of Hitchcock’s final silent film, Blackmail, reveals fully the detail, clarity and masterful craft of one of the greatest of his early thrillers. Made at the end of the silent era in both silent and sound versions, this rarely-seen silent version is superior to the “talkie” in many ways, especially in its fluid editing and sheer kinetic energy – an early clue to the future of Hitchcock’s filmmaking genius. Hitch called silent film “the purest form of cinema,” and in sequences like Blackmail’s opening, an eight-minute tour-de-force in which the law hunts down a career villain, as well as a rooftop chase at the British Museum, we can see why. Blackmail is 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, Pia Getty, Col & Karen Needham, and the Dr. Mortimer & Theresa Sackler Foundation. (75 min.)  
Live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin.