The Ring

“THE RING fascinates because it is not a suspense film and yet experiments with the tropes through which Hitchcock created suspense. There’s something that Raymond Durgnat summed up as ‘petty, edgy, unnerving’ here. The setting is the world of boxing in which hungry amateurs vie with professional prizefighters for money, status, and love. A young fairground pugilist marries his ticket-taker girlfriend, only to find himself openly cuckolded by his rival, the Champion. The film’s title refers to the boxing arena, the wedding ring, and a bracelet the girl wears, a gift from her lover, shaped in the form of a serpent. Not a very original sin, perhaps, in the hands of another director, but the young wife bizarrely flaunts her infidelity, mocking her helpless mate through symbols even he can comprehend. Hitchcock revels in all the fairground ‘business,’ in the grotesque masks of the thrill-seekers, and, as both fighters come up in the world, in the equally frantic flapper society.”—Pacific Film Archive.

Other Films by Alfred Hitchcock

Vertigo

Topping Sight & Sound’s most recent critics’ poll of the 50 greatest films of all time, this 1958 psychological thriller was considered a critical and box office failure in its initial release. Hitchcock casts Jimmy Stewart against type as a traumatized, former San Francisco cop turned gumshoe whose chance encounter with a mysterious woman (Kim

Rear Window

One of the most famous procedural thrillers in film history and routinely voted amongst the greatest films ever produced, Rear Window came relatively early in a long string of masterpieces from Hitchcock that all delve deeply into the American consciousness. L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies (James Stewart) is a New York magazine photographer who spends most of

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