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Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

United Kingdom 1928 80 mins. In English

The tyrannies of polite British society come under scrutiny in this adaptation of Noël Coward’s stage hit of the same name. Adapted by Eliot Stannard, who scripted most of Hitchcock’s silent films, EASY VIRTUE offers an early example of one of Hitchcock’s favorite themes: the “wrong man”—in this case, woman. After Larita Filton is unjustly accused of having an affair, her hard-drinking husband divorces her. She heads for the South of France under a new identity to escape the press, but not for long, as her would-be fiancé’s mother finds out about her past in The Tatler and begins meddling in the couple’s fate. “Hitchcock’s handling of flashbacks shows impressive narrative flair, as does his frequently imaginative play with point-of-view.”—Time Out, London.