Hitchcock double feature – The Lodger and Blackmail

As promised, this Friday June 21 at 7pm we start our series of early Hitchcock double features – come see how his inimitable (yet oft-imitated) style evolved!

The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog, a 1927 silent film based loosely on Jack the Ripper, was Hitchcock’s first thriller – and first big success. He himself said “It was the first time I really exercised my style. You might say The Lodger was my first picture.” And speaking of first – it was also his first on-screen appearance in one of his films, leading to his famous cameo tradition (although in this case, it was simply a matter of not enough extras on hand).

Blackmail_1929_PosterWe’ll follow that with 1929’s Blackmail – Hitchcock’s (and Britain’s) first sound picture. Although it didn’t start out that way – it was originally shot as a silent film, but when the studio got their sound capabilities up and running while it was still being edited, they had Hitch go back and reshoot some of it with sound. Of course, simply recording some dialog wasn’t enough – he immediately began innovating with the use of sound as he had been with images.

We hope you’ll come and enjoy the films, along with short introductions to help set the context and point out a few things to look for. Admission is free, but we welcome your donations. And of course, we have popcorn, soda, and candy for sale in the lobby.