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Early Hitchcock

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Once considered the maker of mainstream fluff, Alfred Hitchcock’s reputation now is unassailable as one of Hollywood’s (and cinema’s) greatest artists. But what was the Master of Suspense making before he was a master?

Rich and Strange

Alfred Hitchcock United Kingdom, 1931

expired 96 days ago

Hitch took a sojourn from mysteries and thrillers with this comedy, and it led to one of his most romantic works. Rich and Strange is both a satire of bourgeois society and an incisive inquiry into marriage—all realized with Hitch’s burgeoning visual storytelling and his distinct lightness of touch.

The Skin Game

Alfred Hitchcock United Kingdom, 1931

expired 97 days ago

For the second film in our trio of early Hitchcock, we present this melodrama of class struggle in rural England. At first glance it may appear as surprisingly dialogue-dependent for the great visual storyteller, yet it quietly envelops the senses with graceful mise en scène and expert staging.

Champagne

Alfred Hitchcock United Kingdom, 1928

expired 98 days ago

Once considered the maker of mainstream fluff, Hitchcock’s reputation now is unassailable. But what was the Master of Suspense making before he was a master? This week we present a trio of early films by Hitch, including this made between iconic silent The Lodger and first sound picture Blackmail.

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