Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
UK 1926 | Black & white | 73 mins @ 24 fps | Cert PG | Thriller
Cast: Ivor Novello, Marie Ault
Hitchcock’s first big critical and commercial success – a Ripper-style story set in a foggy London – introduced the themes that would run through much of his later work: the innocent man on the run, hunted down by a self-righteous society, and a fetishistic sexuality. Perhaps for the first time, a truly cinematic eye was at work in British cinema and Hitchcock had clearly been watching contemporary films by Murnau and Lang, whose influence can be seen in the ominous camera angles and claustrophobic lighting.
Available on: 35mm
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