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BLACKMAIL (Silent Version) (1929)

Silent with live musical accompaniment by Not So Silent Cinema

A woman (Anny Ondra) kills in self-defense, and is subsequently bedeviled by both her terrifying memories and a merciless blackmailer. The film was shot on location in London, lending verisimilitude to Hitchcock's first major chase sequence and bravura finale, where the police pursue the blackmailer all the way to the domed roof of the British Museum's Reading Room. Originally made and released in 1929 as a silent film, BLACKMAIL was partly reshot and released that same year as the first British talkie. The success of the sound version relegated the silent edition to undeserved obscurity, and it was only much later rediscovered and restored. DIR/SCR Alfred Hitchcock; SCR Benn W. Levy, from the play by Charles Bennett; PROD John Maxwell. UK, 1929, b&w, 75 min. NOT RATED
"Watching the original version of BLACKMAIL today confirms that what would be known as Hitchcock's first sound film was also his last and best silent film." – Rafael Film Center.

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Alfred Hitchcock
75 Minutes
Thriller

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