The British Film Institute (BFI) is celebrating British film director Alfred Hitchcock’s brilliance in Olympic style and scale this summer with a wide-ranging celebration of his work including multiple extended screenings all over London.
Since the capitol was the location of many of Hitchcock’s films, the BFI is promoting Hitchcock as their star for the London 2012 Festival. The Genius of Hitchcock is the biggest project the BFI has ever undertaken. It includes restoration projects, gala events, national and international presentations, competitions and a new book promotion and publication.
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One of the projects included in this celebration of Hitchcock’s genius is a 3 year BFI National Archive project ‘Rescue the Hitchcock 9’ with the aim of restoring and enhancing Hitchcock’s nine silent films.
With donations from BFI Members, hundreds of Hitchcock fans, trusts and foundations, corporate partners, rights-holders and archives around the world, we can look upon these films afresh. Hitchcock’s nine silent films in the project are:
• The Pleasure Garden (1926)
• The Lodger: a Tale of the London Fog (1926)
• The Ring (1927)
• Downhill (1927)
• Easy Virtue (1927)
• Champagne (1928)
• The Farmer’s Wife (1928)
• The Manxman (1929)
• Blackmail (1929)
Four of the restored silent films The Pleasure Garden, The Lodger: a Tale of the London Fog, Blackmail and The Ring (the film helped inspire The Artist according to its director Michel Hazanavicius) will receive newly commissioned scores to be performed at spectacular screenings in venues across the capital as part of the London 2012 Festival celebrations.