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Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

United Kingdom 1929 85 mins. In English

Hitchcock’s last silent film, generally hailed as the finest British film of the decade, was quickly refashioned into his first (part-talkie) sound film in the twilight of the silent era. A not-quite-so-innocent young woman, prospecting for a lover, kills a suitor in self-defense. When a witness tries to blackmail her and her boyfriend, who happens to be a Scotland Yard detective, lives start to spiral out of control. Hitchcock’s masterful expressionism shows the story rather than tells it, employing London landmarks in evocative fashion and staging a thrilling chase scene through, and over the rooftop at, the British Museum.