Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Silence the menacing thread
Wanna a zip?
Morning comes with great zips of Champagne to says Cheers!!
Did you know Alfred Hitchcock did also Silent Films?
Well He did that and it is called the British Era.
Mr Mark Duguid gives a very good description of that period.
"The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema" - Alfred Hitchcock (in Hitchcock-Truffaut)
Alfred Hitchcock's first nine films as a director were made in the silent era. And although he was the first British director to embrace sound, with his tenth film, Blackmail (1929), he never lost his fascination with the power of storytelling with images.
The young Hitchcock served his directorial apprenticeship in Germany, where he was able to observe directors like F.W. Murnau and Fritz Lang, at the height of German expressionism. That movement, with its highly stylised lighting, design and performances, and its attraction to dark and mysterious subjects, would have a lasting impact on the young director.
It was in Germany that he directed his first two films, the dark melodrama The Pleasure Garden (1925) and The Mountain Eagle (1926, now sadly lost). His third, The Lodger (1926), was perhaps the most noticeably expressionist of all his films, with the style well-suited to its story of a misty London haunted by a vicious serial murderer.
The Lodger seems now to indicate the direction of Hitchcock's later career as the 'Master of Suspense', but the director's silent career also produced two comedies, including the charming The Farmer's Wife (1928), the fascinating boxing melodrama The Ring (1927) and the skilful The Manxman (1929), his last fully silent work.
The legacy of Hitchcock's silent days can be seen in much of his later work - in the legendary shower sequence of Psycho (US, 1960) or the opening of Rear Window (US, 1952), where the camera slowly glides past each window of an apartment block to spy on the inhabitants - and he never lost the desire to tell stories in images rather than words.
btw The photo is from one of his movies Champagne!
Great day and stay tuned I have some stuff to load later on!!..