Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
1926 | Black & White | 90mins
Cast: June, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault
This classic ‘tale of the London fog’ has long been recognised, not least by its director, as ‘the first true Hitchcock movie’. Inspired by a play and novel about Jack the Ripper, Hitchcock’s second feature and first suspense film anticipated his interest in erroneous accusations and his increasingly expert play with point of view. After a remarkably dynamic first 15 minutes beginning with a blonde’s murder and charting the responses of police, press and public, the story proper starts with the emergence from the fetid city fog of a mysterious stranger (Ivor Novello) keen to rent a room in the home of golden-haired fashion model Daisy. Despite her detective boyfriend’s objections, Daisy takes to the handsome newcomer, to the consternation of her mother who’s troubled by her tenant’s nocturnal outings… (Geoff Andrew)
This beautiful new restoration re-introduces the film's original tinting and toning and boasts a greatly improved clarity of image, while Nitin Sawhney’s new orchestral score reflects his well-earned reputation as an original and truly innovative force in the field of contemporary music.
*Principal restoration funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation, and Simon W Hessel. A restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Network Releasing and Park Circus Films.
*New Score by Nitin Sawhney, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. Commissioned by Network Releasing in partnership with the BFI.
Available on: DCP
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