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.
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.
The chief funding for the restoration of these four films was given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
and The Film Foundation
a non-profit organization established by Martin Scorsese.
Visit the BFI for more information
and for the summer viewing dates and times and ticket information.