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The Master of...Class Consciousness? Close-Up on 3 from Hitchcock

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. The retrospective Early Hitchcock is showing August 11 - September 12, 2017 in the United States.ChampagneAround the time of his dazzling expressionistic breakthrough The Lodger (1927), and Blackmail (1929), his innovative foray into sound—and England’s first talkie—Alfred Hitchcock was testing the narrative waters of his potential filmic output. It was a terrifically productive period for the promising London-born auteur, with nearly 20 features in ten years, and looking back at these early works, the tendency is often to pinpoint instances of his trademark aesthetic to come (easy to do with something like The Lodger; less so with something like The Ring, also 1927). However, when sampling these titles, and keeping in mind the most popular Hitchcockian characteristics had yet to be regularly implemented, new and uncommon propensities emerge. Such is the case with a trilogy of films to be shown as part
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Wright Was Earliest Surviving Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner

Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years.[1] Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch.[2] Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later,
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Lost silent masterpiece discovered

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Lost silent masterpiece discovered
The 1923 film Love, Life and Laughter stars Betty Balfour.

The BFI is has revealed the discovery by Eye, the Dutch Film Museum, of a lost masterpiece of British silent cinema, George Pearson’s Love, Life and Laughter (1923), starring Betty Balfour.

Balfour, also known as Britain’s “Queen of Happiness”, was the most successful British actress of the 1920s, known also as the country’s answer to Mary Pickford. It is one of the most wanted on the BFI’s list of 75 films published to mark the BFI National Archive’s 75th anniversary in 2010. Only one other complete film by director Geroge Pearson survives.

The film was recently discovered in the archives of Eye, while being catalogued following its arrival at the archive in November 2012. The print is part of a collection of film cans that belonged to a local cinema in the small town of Hattem, near Zwolle.

Cinema Theater De Vries had only been active for three
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Coen Brothers' Movie Tops Nsfc Awards; Last Major Critics' Awards of the Season

Joel and Ethan Coen movie ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ tops 2014 National Society of Film Critics Awards (Oscar Isaac in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’) The National Society of Film Critics is the last major U.S.-based critics’ group to announce their annual winners. This year, their top film was Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, a comedy-drama about a hapless folk singer. Inside Llewyn Davis also earned honors for the directors, star Oscar Isaac, and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel. Additionally, the Coen brothers’ film was the runner-up in the Best Screenplay category. Inside Llewyn Davis is the first movie directed by Joel and Ethan Coen to win the top prize at the National Society of Film Critics Awards. Back in early 2008, whereas most critics’ groups — and the Academy Awards — went for the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men, the Nsfc selected instead Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood.
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Hitchcock Films Added to British Register of Culturally and Historically Significant Works

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
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Unesco should register these silents

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,
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Alfred Hitchcock silent films added to Unesco register

Nine of director's early films join archive of cultural treasures that includes Domesday book

All nine of Alfred Hitchcock's surviving silent films, dating between 1925 and 1929, have been added to the UK's section of theUnesco Memory of the World register to "safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity".

The films' three-year restoration was marked by a screening at the British Film Institute (BFI) last summer. Among the films is The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, which was Hitchcock's first major success, about a serial killer in London, society comedy Champagne, and The Ring, Hitchcock's only original screenplay. Blackmail is also included, which was released in 1929 with both sound and silent versions.

Unesco is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. Its website explains the addition to their roster by describing the Hitchcock films as "among the greatest achievements of British silent cinema" and "blueprints for the rest of
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Alfred Hitchcock San Francisco: Guided tour through the sites of Hitchcock’s movies The San Francisco Silent Film Festival has arranged for San Francisco City Guides to lead "a special, Sfsff-only edition" of its "Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco" guided walking tour. This particular two-hour Hitchcock tour will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, atop Nob Hill. From there, the tour will visit the sites of three Hitchcock films: Vertigo, The Birds, and Family Plot. (Photo: Alfred Hitchcock ca. 1960.) The San Francisco Silent Film Festival press release adds that Alfred Hitchcock tour participants will "have plenty of time" to go from the tour’s end at Union Square to the Castro Theatre so as to catch the 1:00 pm screening of Hitchcock’s 1928 silent Champagne. Note: Space for this special "Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco" tour is limited. Registration is free — though donations are encouraged — and will be done on a first-come,
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International Film Festival of Kerala announces line up

The 17th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (Iffk) has announced its lineup. The festival will run from 7th to 14th December, 2012 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Some of the highlights of the lineup are festival favourites of the year Amour, Chitrangada, Samhita, The Sapphires, Drapchi, Miss Lovely, Me and You, Celluloid Man, and Baandhon.

Fourteen films will screen in the Competition section while seven contemporary films will be screened in “Indian Cinema Now” section.

Complete list of films:

Competition Films

Fourteen feature films from Asia, Africa and Latin America will compete for the coveted “Suvarna Chakoram” (Golden Crow Pheasant) and other awards.

Always Brando by Ridha Behi (Tunisia)

Inheritors of the Earth by T V Chandran (India)

A Terminal Trust by by Masayuki Suo (Japan)

Shutter by Joy Mathew (India)

Today by Alain Gomis (Senegal-France)

The Repentant by Merzak Allouache (Algeria)

Sta. Niña by Manny Palo (Philippines)

Present Tense
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Close up: Oh Bond-age…

Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film

The big story

"Shaken not stirred;" "I expect you to die;" "Keeping the British end up"... James Bond has been part of the movie furniture for so long it hardly seems there could have been a time when 007 wasn't around. But it was in 1962 that the first Bond movie hit cinemas – exactly 50 years ago – and to celebrate we put on our thinking caps and considered what was our favourite Bond film.

Incredibly, we didn't all agree. Peter Bradshaw got all amorous for

From Russia With Love, Philip French said yes to Dr No, Tom Lamont aimed his peepers at Goldeneye, and Xan Brooks treasured Diamonds Are Forever.

There's more where that came from next week, as other Guardian critics have their say. You can have yours here, on the open thread.

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Jim Carrey on board
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Hitchcock's Newly Restored 1928 Comedy 'Champagne' to Screen One Day Only Online

Arts and culture website The Space will be screening Alfred Hitchcock's newly restored silent comedy, Champagne — thanks to the BFI. Bring your bubbly to the computer on Thursday, September 27 at 3:30 p.m. Et for a look at Hitch's eighth film about a spoiled heiress named Betty (Betty Balfour) living off daddy's trust fund. Pops is in the champagne business and isn't a fan of Betty's gold-digging boyfriend so he devises a plan to get rid of him. Hitch wasn't in the business of killing off his characters in 1928, so the shady Romeo lives to tell about it. In an interview with François Truffaut, the director expressed his unhappiness with the story, stating that "the film had no story to tell." Initial reviews of the film were mixed...

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Trailer trash

Donald Sutherland flies in to salute Nic Roeg, Michel Hazanavicius doffs his cap to Hitchcock and John Le Carré embarks upon a French charm offensive

Quiet goes the Don

One of the great pleasures of hosting and organising the London Critics' Circle film awards last week was getting Donald Sutherland over from La to present the Dilys Powell award to Nic Roeg. The Don't Look Now director had no idea his great friend was coming over, and was quite floored by Donald's surprise appearance right at the end of the ceremony. When I offered Donald the opportunity of presenting the award to Nic, he took about a minute to reorganise his shooting schedule on The Hunger Games in La, flew in overnight, popped down to BFI Southbank for a tech rehearsal, went out for dinner, came back in and gave a gloriously colourful account of making love with Julie Christie
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A Hitch in time: save the Hitchcock 9

Nine of the 10 films Hitchcock directed in the 1920s are getting a full restoration. Henry K Miller enters the dusty world of the archivists and learns about the race to save the silents

The audience at the Capitol cinema in London during the middle week of April 1926 witnessed an unusually bold declaration of authorship. The opening moments of The Pleasure Garden, touted in the fan magazines as the debut of "the youngest director in the world", contained, under the "directed by" credit, the slanted and underlined signature of the 26-year-old Alfred J Hitchcock. What followed was also – as it would become clear over the decades – signature Hitchcock film-making. The film's first scene gives us a voyeur's-eye-view of a dancer's legs; and then makes us share the voyeur's unease as the look is returned. The Spectator's influential critic Iris Barry scented the "new blood" desperately needed by the ailing British film industry,
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Rescue Hitchcock's Silent Films With A Donation To The British Film Institute

There isn't a person on Earth that can deny that Alfred Hitchcock is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. You simply don't earn the title "Master Of Suspense" without making a few great films. But before Hitchcock directed Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window and North By Northwest, he was a silent film director. Sadly, the prints of some of his earliest work are slowly decaying with time and are in desperate need of restoration, but it's something that you can help fix. The BFI National Archive is currently accepting donations from those willing to put money towards saving the remaining Hitchcock silent films. Asking people to "Rescue the Hitchcock 9," the films in question are The Pleasure Garden, The Lodger, The Ring, Downhill, Easy Virtue, The Farmers Wife, Champagne, The Manxman and Blackmail. Most mainstream moviegoers likely has never heard of any of these titles, but hopefully the name
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