Patsy Brand is a chorus girl at the Pleasure Garden music hall. She meets Jill Cheyne who is down on her luck and gets her a job as a dancer. Jill is engaged to adventurer Hugh Fielding and... See full summary »
This movie was released in 1929 in France under the title "Le ring", as many magazines (such as Cinémagazine, Le film complet) prove. However, for some reason, at some point around the 1960s, it was confused with a Fred Niblo movie released at the same time in France, Two Lovers (1928), which French title was "Le masque de cuir", in reference to the Leatherface character in it. This title has been erroneously used for the Hitchcock movie in various books from the 1960s, and for a DVD release, although the plot has nothing whatsoever to do with a leather mask. See more »
When Bob Corby is glancing at the girl while she's hiding her arm band, it is very clear that the same shot is used twice. See more »
Hitchcock displays his already developed understanding for visuals in this early silent film. The plot of the film, involving two boxers fighting over a girl, is straight-forward drama without much to recommend it. Hitchcock's talent, though, is found in his stunning use of images. Nearly every shot is filled with visual symbols. Especially memorable is the jewelry that one boxer gives the girl just before she marries the other boxer. He slides it up her arm in a clearly sexual way and with one simple movement Hitch has shown us all we need to know. The boxing scenes are handled well with some interesting point-of-view shots that again prove how far ahead of his time Hitchcock was. The film also gives insight into his later treatment of women. The object of the boxers' desires is driven by money and lust, not reason or love. The only other women in the film are either beautiful party girls who make open offers of sex or old crones who help to destroy happy relationships. All in all, the Ring is a must for anyone interested in Hitchcock's early work and his development as a visual storyteller.
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