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The Manxman

Hitchcock's final silent movie sees him return to the type of romantic melodrama with which he opened his directorial career. While The Manxman shares thematic and some narrative similarities with The Pleasure Garden, it is an altogether more confident film.... Continue Reading →

Champagne

I was speculating last time about Hitchcock's probable reaction to being asked to direct a comedy without jokes- that being my rationale for the workmanlike mediocrity of The Farmer's Wife. This week, however, he seems to have let loose and... Continue Reading →

The Farmer’s Wife

In contrast to The Pleasure Garden, Downhill and especially The Lodger this is feeble. Take the plot: a widower determines to remarry, has semi-comic encounters with a variety of caricatures before realising that he had been in love with his... Continue Reading →

Easy Virtue

There is a lovely scene midway through Easy Virtue where the main character Laurita telephones John to accept his proposal of marriage. We see neither character, but the story is told instead through the facial expressions of an eavesdropping hotel telephonist.... Continue Reading →

Downhill

Sharing the same star and scriptwriter as The Lodger, Downhill is an interesting companion-piece to its more lauded predecessor. They were made consecutively, though this was released a couple of weeks after last week’s The Ring- hence I regrettably viewed... Continue Reading →

The Ring

I was really looking forward to this. After two films that followed- to some extent or another- a reliably Hitchcockian formula, 1927's The Ring held the promise of something intriguingly different. It is also the only film of Hitchcock's that... Continue Reading →

The Lodger – A Story of the London Fog

From my memory of the Hitchcock/Truffaut book, Hitchcock was very keen on this one. In some ways it was prototypical- leading man plays wrongly accused suspect on the run, saved by the love of a beautiful blonde- but it's not... Continue Reading →

The Pleasure Garden

Madness, cruelty, voyeurism and murder all play their part in Hitchcock's debut film from 1928. The Pleasure Garden is a delight. The basic premise of two charming innocents in ill-fated relationships with the wrong person is less straightforward than it... Continue Reading →

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