In order to fully understand the work of Alfred Hitchcock, one must understand his early work. The Hitchcock 9 is a presentation of Hitchcock’s nine extant silent films. Although Hitchcock would go on to refine his filmmaking style, his touch is very much alive in these early films, whether it’s the “wrong man” plot of Downhill, the menacing ambiguities of The Lodger, the voyeuristic impulses of Champagne, or the exploration of guilt in Blackmail. In each of the nine films, Hitchcock experiments with points of view and begins to mirror his audience’s reactions on screen. The complex restoration process of the Hitchcock 9 was one of the British Film Institute’s largest projects to date. Decades worth of damage and decay were removed, the image sharpened, missing footage discovered, and intertitles and tinting restored. The Dryden Theatre is proud to bring these nine films to Rochester, where audiences can rediscover the master of suspense and admire the beautiful restorations of these important films. Live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli. No Take-10s or passes accepted.
Thursday, November 7, 8 p.m.
The Pleasure Garden
(Alfred Hitchcock, Germany/UK 1926, 90 min., 35mm)
Saturday, November 9, 8 p.m.
(Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1926, 90 min., 35mm)
Thursday, November 14, 8 p.m.
(Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1927, 105 min., 35mm)
Thursday, November 21, 8 p.m.
(Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1927, 70 min., 35mm)
Thursday, December 5, 8 p.m.
(Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1927, 108 min., DCP)
Thursday, December 12, 8 p.m.
(Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1928, 105 min., DCP)
Thursday, December 19, 8 p.m.
The Farmer’s Wife
(Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1928, 107 min., DCP)
Thursday, December 26, 8 p.m.
(Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1929, 100 min., DCP)
Saturday, December 28, 8 p.m.
(Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1929, 85 min., DCP)