The Hitchcock 9

  • October 12, 2013 — October 27, 2013

Alfred Hitchcock’s (1899-1980) place among cinema’s great directors is borne out by the enduring critical and popular acclaim for the films he made in America from the 1930s into the 1970s. Everyone has a favorite among many. But much less seen and appreciated are his early British films, which now, thanks to the British Film Institute, emerge in full glory after painstaking digital restoration. By the time Hitchcock earned his first directing opportunity at age 25, he had had diverse experience as an assistant director, screenwriter, art director, and title designer. This nine-film series includes his directorial debut, THE PLEASURE GARDEN, as well as early masterworks such as the expressionistic THE LODGER and classic thriller BLACKMAIL. Taken together, these first works reveal the development of a filmmaker whose “Hitchcockian” genius manifested itself early and came to impact fellow artists and audiences like no one else.

Adding to the spirit of discovery, we are pleased to present the films with live, original musical accompaniment by some of Portland’s most talented musicians, including Three Leg Torso, Mark Orton, The Bill Marsh Ensemble, Tara Jane O’Neil, David Goldblatt and Superjazzers, Joshua Pearl, Battle Hymns and Gardens, Tres Gone, Gideon Freudmann, and the 1939 Ensemble. Thanks to Courtney Von Drehle for organizing the performers.

Thanks to the British Film Institute, Rialto Films, Rialto Pictures/Studiocanal, and Park Circus/ITV for their preservation work and for organizing the series. Presentation of the series is made possible in part by the sponsorship of Portland State University’s English Department, Portland Center for Public Humanities, and School of Theatre & Film.

Admission $15, Silver Screen Club members $10. A series pass is available for purchase, granting admission to any Hitchcock 9 film screening.

Blackmail

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock’s last silent film, generally hailed as the finest British film of the decade, was quickly refashioned into his first

The Lodger

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock called his third feature “the first true Hitchcock movie.” His first foray into the thriller genre, THE LODGER introduced

The Farmer’s Wife

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

“Alfred Hitchcock was worried that the stage roots of THE FARMER’S WIFE…might show through in his film adaptation. It was

The Ring

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

“THE RING fascinates because it is not a suspense film and yet experiments with the tropes through which Hitchcock created

Downhill

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

“DOWNHILL mixes cynical humor with sexual horror as it tracks star rugby player Roddy’s descent from upstanding British schoolboy to

Champagne

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

CHAMPAGNE stars the bubbly Betty Balfour as a frivolous flapper whose millionaire father looks to teach her a lesson in

The Pleasure Garden

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock’s first film, shot in Germany and on location in Italy at Lake Como, is set in the world of

The Manxman

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

In a remote fishing village on the Isle of Man, two boyhood friends—one a lawyer, the other a fisherman—are torn

Easy Virtue

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

The tyrannies of polite British society come under scrutiny in this adaptation of Noël Coward’s stage hit of the same