Celebrate the Hitchcock Silents series with a champagne toast in the Museum galleries between this evening's two features: Blackmail and Champagne.
Alfred Hitchcock’s silent Blackmail is one of the best British films of the late 1920s. Czech actress Anny Ondra stars as Alice White, a young woman whose brief flirtation with an artist turns suddenly and terribly sour. Hitchcock’s masterly thriller boasts great London locations including the British Museum, Whitehall, and the Lyons Tea House at Piccadilly Circus.
Made in 1929, during the transition to the sound era, Blackmail was commissioned as part-silent and part-talkie with music and some dialogue. Hitchcock made two versions: the rarely seen, restored silent one being shown in this series, as well as a version with sound.
A Rialto Pictures Release. Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Principal restoration funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142, Pia Getty, Col & Karen Needham, and the Dr. Mortimer & Theresa Sackler Foundation.