The Pleasure Garden

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.

Genres: Thriller, Drama

Other Films by Alfred Hitchcock

Easy Virtue

Hitch’s “wrong man” theme finds early expression in this tale of a young woman divorced by her husband after being wrongfully accused of adultery.

The Manxman

In one of the best works of Hitch’s early career, two boyhood friends—one a lawyer, the other a fisherman—are torn apart when they discover they are in love with the same woman.

The Pleasure Garden

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

Champagne

CHAMPAGNE stars the bubbly Betty Balfour as a frivolous flapper whose millionaire father looks to teach her a lesson in frugality by letting her think he’s gone bankrupt. The movie brims with sight gags, with a swaying camera mimicking the roll of an ocean liner to generate several humorously queasy moments. But the comedy also

Downhill

“DOWNHILL mixes cynical humor with sexual horror as it tracks star rugby player Roddy’s descent from upstanding British schoolboy to Montmartre gigolo, the downhill road laid for him by a series of scheming women. Hitchcock’s formal audacity is on flamboyant display in false flashbacks, upside-down POV shots, and massive foreground objects dwarfing the characters behind