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3.6
505 Ratings

Blackmail

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United Kingdom, 1929
Crime, Thriller

Synopsis

Alice White is the daughter of a shopkeeper in 1920’s London. Her boyfriend, Frank Webber is a Scotland Yard detective who seems more interested in police work than in her.

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Blackmail Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Blackmail astounds in how The Master of Suspense was never hobbled by technical innovations; rather, they would continue to help him make a noise visually… Inside and out, Blackmail remains a monument for manipulation.
March 30, 2016
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A Teutonic experiment in ambiguity and an astringent comedy of wandering relationships, Alfred Hitchcock’s first talkie offers scene upon scene of ingenious synergy of camera and meaning… Langian hands, outstretched lifelessly and accusatorily; predator and prey as society’s shifting roles, the arrival of sound as the eager stabbing of silence.
February 17, 2014
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The plot and characters struggle to carry the weight of Hitchcock’s formal investigations—he’s working out ideas here that will bear more substantial fruit later—but BLACKMAIL is still a taut, briskly-moving film that holds its own and has flashes of greatness.
August 09, 2013
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