Thursday, 3 August 2006

focus on early hitchcock

Celebrating a career filled with wit, suspense and intrigue, ACMI marks the 80th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's first thriller, The Lodger, as it presents Focus on Early Hitchcock, a big screen season of the director's early British-made films, which cemented his reputation as an international star, and paved his move to Hollywood.

The late 1920s and 1930s was the time where Hitchcock really came into his own as a filmmaker, not only managing the transition from silent to talkies but also creating a new cinematic language that filmmakers have used and referenced ever since and which heavily informed both the narrative and stylistic elements of his later Hollywood-made films.

Even today, these works remain some of the most influential and compelling films ever made.

The films from this period include The Lodger (1926) and Downhill, both produced in the final days of the silent cinema era; Blackmail, Hitchcock's first sound picture, which also bore the honour of being the very first 'talkie' ever produced in Britain; The Man Who Knew Too Much, one of the most famous films from the director's British period, and the film widely considered to have cemented his reputation as the 'master of suspense'; followed by The 39 Steps (1935), Sabotage (1936), Secret Agent (1936), Young and Innocent (1937), The Lady Vanishes (1937), and culminating in Jamaican Inn, released in 1939, his final film made in the UK.

Very politically aware and attuned to their times, Hitchcock's classic 1930s' thrillers conveyed a strong sense of paranoia, instability and an impending threat from abroad. Frequently featuring a climatic scene of terror or violence occurring in a very public place such as the explosion of a bomb on a London Bus (Sabotage) or a shoot-out at Royal Albert Hall (The Man Who Knew Too Much), many of the films bear a striking relevancy - in some cases even a similarity - to current events.

With a number of magnificent restorations made recently available, Focus on Early Hitchcock gives hardened fans of  'the master of suspense' and new audiences alike a chance to revisit these seminal works on the big screen, and in the best possible conditions at ACMI's state-of-the-art cinemas.

Screening Details:
Thursday 14 September - Sunday 24 September 2006 
ACMI Cinemas
Prices: Full $13, Concession $10 
6 Session Pass: Full $60, Concession $48


Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
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