8 items from 2013
In 1922, 23-year-old Alfred Hitchcock was readying his debut feature film, Number 13 — about the life of several Londoners in a tenement building. The project was shelved due to financial problems, and the few scenes captured have remained lost to this day. Hitch had a second chance to make his grand entrance in the film biz with 1925's The Pleasure Garden. It was shot in Italy and Germany (where it was a failure), but set at a London theater. The story follows two chorus dancers and their messy relationships. Critic Dave Kehr called the opening of the movie "a clip reel of Hitchcock motifs to come." Indeed, we see a group of leggy performers parade down a spiral staircase onto a stage, where a gentleman in the audience eyes up a blonde...
- Alison Nastasi
Alfred Hitchcock silent movies added to Unesco UK Memory of the World Register (photo: Ivor Novello in The Lodger) The nine Alfred Hitchcock-directed silent films recently restored by the British Film Institute have been added to the Unesco UK Memory of the World Register, "a list of documentary heritage which holds cultural significance specific to the UK." The nine Hitchcock movies are the following: The Pleasure Garden (1925), The Ring (1927), Downhill / When Boys Leave Home (1927), The Lodger (1927), Easy Virtue (1928), Champagne (1928), The Farmer’s Wife (1928), The Manxman (1929), and Blackmail (1929) — also released as a talkie, Britain’s first. Only one Hitchcock-directed silent remains lost, The Mountain Eagle / Fear o’ God (1926). Most of those movies have little in common with the suspense thrillers Hitchcock would crank out in Britain and later in Hollywood from the early ’30s on. But a handful of his silents already featured elements and themes that would recur in »
- Andre Soares
Hitchcock's silents are now on the Memory of the World register – I can think of five others that deserve the same recognition
If, when you consider our national heritage, you think of murder, guilt, sex and cheeky humour – well, somebody out there agrees with you. The decision to add Alfred Hitchcock's nine surviving silent movies to Unesco's UK Memory of the World register puts his early work on a cultural par with the Domesday Book and Field Marshal Douglas Haig's war diaries – also selected for the list this year.
The nine silents were all directed by Hitchcock in the 1920s and include better-known films in the director's classic thriller mode such as The Lodger and Blackmail as well as comedies (Champagne, The Farmer's Wife) a boxing movie (The Ring) and dramas (The Pleasure Garden, Downhill, Easy Virtue and the lush, rustic romance The Manxman). The collection was nominated by the BFI, »
- Pamela Hutchinson
As if being one of — if not the — most famous director of all time wasn’t enough, the Alfred Hitchcock legacy can add another notch to its belt. On July 9th, the United Kingdom National Commission for the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (also known as Unesco) welcomed nine of Hitchcock’s silent films into the UK Memory of the World Register, which is “a list of documentary heritage which holds cultural significance specific to the UK.”
BFI, the British Film Institute, restored the nine surviving films, including the classic The Pleasure Garden, and premiered them during the »
- Sheridan Watson
London -- Alfred Hitchcock’s nine surviving silent films have been added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's U.K. Memory of the World Register. The register is part of a UNESCO program to support and raise awareness of archives. Hitchcock's films are among 11 items selected from the U.K.’s libraries, archives and museums to represent British heritage.
- Stuart Kemp
Man of Steel weekend box office: Above estimates, but real June record remains beyond the reach of Superman 2013 reboot (image: Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel) Somewhat surprisingly — it’s usually the other way around — Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel grossed more than $3 million above studio estimates released on Sunday, June 16, 2013. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Sucker Punch), and starring Henry Cavill (The Tudors, possibly the upcoming The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), the 2013 Superman reboot scored $116.61 million from 4,207 North American locations according to weekend box-office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Once Thursday evening figures are added, the $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel‘s domestic cume reached $128.68 million by Sunday evening. Now, Man of Steel‘s adjusted $116.61 million doesn’t change the June Box-Office Record Chart in any way. The Superman reboot remains ahead of the former official June champ, the Tom Hanks-, Tim Allen-voiced Toy Story 3‘s »
- Zac Gille
Henry Cavill Superman: Man of Steel vs. Superman movies of years past [See previous post: "Man of Steel Trailing Original Iron Man in Ticket Sales."] As mentioned in our previous posts, the $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel grossed an estimated $113.08 million this past weekend, including $9 million from Thursday midnight screenings. Directed by Zack Snyder, the 2013 Superman reboot stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent aka Superman. (Photo: Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.) Released in late June 2006, Bryan Singer’s $270 million-budgeted Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh as Superman, debuted with $52.53 million, or about $64 million today. Even taking into account that Superman Returns lacked the box-office-boosting advantage of 3D surcharges, Man of Steel is obviously a much bigger hit than its immediate predecessor. Superman Returns eventually reached $200.08 million in North America, plus a slightly more modest $191 million internationally. Man of Steel will not only easily surpass Superman Returns at the domestic box office, but it’ll also earn at the very least twice as much as Superman Returns internationally. »
- Zac Gille
A series of nine silent films directed by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock between 1925 and 1929 have recently been restored by the British Film Institute, and are set to tour theaters in the Us this summer. According to Deadline.com, the so-called “Hitchcock 9” represent the first stage of the director's distinguished career, beginning with his first-ever film The Pleasure Garden, and including Blackmail, The Ring, The Manxman, and 1927's The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog. The latter, loosely based on the Jack the Ripper murders, is considered by Hitchcock to be the first film to demonstrate his signature style – including his beloved tradition of making cameo appearances in all of his movies. The first Us screening will take place at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre as part of the Silent Film Festival June 14-16, followed by BAMcinématek, June 29-July 5, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Steinberg Screen in the Harvey Theater, »
- Gregory Burkart
8 items from 2013
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