The Liberty Theater is thrilled (see what we did there?) to present a series of early Alfred Hitchcock films, starting with The Lodger (1927) and Blackmail (1929) on Friday June 21.
The Hitchcock we all know and
love fear – the Hitchcock of Vertigo and Rear Window, Strangers on a Train and Psycho – did not spring fully formed from East London. He began in the film industry in 1919 as a title card designer, quickly acquiring further skills as a co-writer, art director and production manager before co-directing Woman to Woman (1923), whose editor Alma Reville became his wife and collaborator.
His earliest films consisted of whatever genre scripts were handed to him, from the boxing romance The Ring to what passed for a romcom in the 1920’s, The Farmer’s Wife. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog in 1927 was his first suspense film – and that’s where we’ll start our series. We’ll be making our way chronologically through a selection of the most notable films from his British era (before David O. Selznick imported him to America in 1939), pairing them into double features. Don’t let the idea of sitting through two full films in an evening frighten you! They made ‘em shorter back then – the longest evening of the series will have 177 minutes of total screen time, less than one viewing of Avengers: Endgame (and without interminable ads and trailers either – although we will make you listen to a few minutes of setting the context for each film). And these are gripping films – from the beginning Hitchcock left not a wasted moment, they will fly by.
|June 21, 7pm||The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927, 80 min.)
Blackmail (1929, 84 min.)
|October 4, 7pm||The Man Who Knew Too Much (the original 1934 version, not the Jimmy Stewart/Doris Day version – 76 min.)
The 39 Steps (1935, 83 min.)
|October 18, 7pm||Secret Agent (1936, 86 min.)
Sabotage (1936, 76 min.)
|TBD||Young and Innocent (1937, 80 min.)
The Lady Vanishes (1938, 97 min.)