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Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

United Kingdom 1925 90 mins. In English

Hitchcock’s first film, shot in Germany and on location in Italy at Lake Como, is set in the world of seedy London nightclubs. Two young dancers, one celebrated, the other finding her way, take intertwined paths to romantic tragedy. The first of several Hitchcock films about women putting faith in men they don’t really know—to perilous effect—THE PLEASURE GARDEN also offers hints of the visual flourishes and thematic obsessions later to become iconic. Alma Reville served as the film’s assistant director (one of 19 films of his she worked on over 50 years), and the story goes that Hitchcock proposed to her after the shooting wrapped.