The Pleasure Garden
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
1926 | Black & White | 75mins | Silent
Cast: Virginia Valli, Carmelita Geraghty, Miles Mander
*Available for booking from November 2012 as silent DCP*
The opening sequence of Hitchcock's debut as director uncannily anticipates many of the elements that characterised his later work: the camera stares fixedly at the legs of chorus girls, a spectator leers, the audience is implicated. The diverging lives of two dancers are told in suitably melodramatic style: one ascends to the heights, the other stumbles into a marriage with a dangerous womaniser who goes spectacularly native with a girl in an unnamed colony. Shot in Germany and on Lake Como, the film was confidently 'signed' by Hitchcock with a handwritten signature on the opening credits, characteristically defending his decision: "Actors come and actors go, but the name of the director should stay clearly in the mind of the audiences".
A restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Principal restoration funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation, and Matt Spick.
Available on: DCP
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