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The Hitchcock 9

Alfred Hitchcock’s (1899-1980) place among cinema’s great directors is borne out by the enduring critical and popular acclaim for the films he made in America from the 1930s into the 1970s. Everyone has a favorite among many. But much less seen and appreciated are his early British films, which now, thanks to the British Film Institute, emerge in full glory after painstaking digital restoration. By the time Hitchcock earned his first directing opportunity at age 25, he had had diverse experience as an assistant director, screenwriter, art director, and title designer. This nine-film series includes his directorial debut, THE PLEASURE GARDEN, as well as early masterworks such as the expressionistic THE LODGER and classic thriller BLACKMAIL. Taken together, these first works reveal the development of a filmmaker whose “Hitchcockian” genius manifested itself early and came to impact fellow artists and audiences like no one else.

Adding to the spirit of discovery, we are pleased to present the films with live, original musical accompaniment by some of Portland’s most talented musicians, including Three Leg Torso, Mark Orton, The Bill Marsh Ensemble, Tara Jane O’Neil, David Goldblatt and Superjazzers, Joshua Pearl, Battle Hymns and Gardens, Tres Gone, Gideon Freudmann, and the 1939 Ensemble. Thanks to Courtney Von Drehle for organizing the performers.

Thanks to the British Film Institute, Rialto Films, Rialto Pictures/Studiocanal, and Park Circus/ITV for their preservation work and for organizing the series. Presentation of the series is made possible in part by the sponsorship of Portland State University’s English Department, Portland Center for Public Humanities, and School of Theatre & Film.

Admission $15, Silver Screen Club members $10. A series pass is available for purchase, granting admission to any Hitchcock 9 film screening.



Sat, Oct 12, 2013
at 8 PM

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BLACKMAIL
DIRECTOR: ALFRED HITCHCOCK
UNITED KINGDOM, 1929

Hitchcock’s last silent film, generally hailed as the finest British film of the decade, was quickly refashioned into his first (part-talkie) sound film in the twilight of the silent era. A not-quite-so-innocent young woman, prospecting for a lover, kills a suitor in self-defense. When a witness tries to blackmail her and her boyfriend, who happens to be a Scotland Yard detective, lives start to spiral out of control. Hitchcock’s masterful expressionism shows the story rather than tells it, employing London landmarks in evocative fashion and staging a thrilling chase scene through, and over the rooftop at, the British Museum. (85 mins.)

Admission $15, Silver Screen Club members $10.

With live musical accompaniment by 3 Leg Torso with special guest Mark Orton.

The cinematic nature of 3 Leg Torso’s  music has led to work with many film makers, including Oscar nominated documentary artist Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), two short films with Teller (Penn & Teller) two films by Academy Award winning animator Joan Gratz The Dowager's Feast and The Dowager's Idyll.  In 2003, accordionist Von Drehle was awarded a fellowship at the Sundance Film Composer's Lab, and in 2010, his work on the Oscar nominated documentary The Final Inch, was nominated for an Emmy. Mark Orton, a fellow alumnus of The Sundance Film Composer’s Lab, is a composer working in the mediums of film scoring, concert music, and radio drama. He is co-founder of Tin Hat and he has written scores for dozens of films - documentary, feature, and fine art - and has composed music for modern dance, theater, experimental radio, video/art installation, the circus, and the concert hall.

A Rialto Pictures Release Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Principal restoration funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142, Pia Getty, Col & Karen Needham, and the Dr. Mortimer & Theresa Sackler Foundation.


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Sun, Oct 13, 2013
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THE LODGER
DIRECTOR: ALFRED HITCHCOCK
UNITED KINGDOM, 1927

Hitchcock called his third feature “the first true Hitchcock movie.” His first foray into the thriller genre, THE LODGER introduced the “wrong man” theme (not to mention the obsession with “golden curls”) that would recur throughout his career. Ivor Novello plays the mysterious tenant who may be implicated in a series of Jack the Ripper-style murders; his performance dares the audience to suspect an attractive man of unspeakable crimes. The film’s style is marked by both the long shadow of German Expressionism and Hitchcock’s own visual ingenuity, as in the famous sequence of the lodger pacing in an upstairs room, shot through a floor of glass. (90 mins.)

Admission $15, Silver Screen Club members $10.

With live musical accompaniment by David Goldblatt and Superjazzers.

Superjazzers is made up of some of the Pacific NW’s most acclaimed musicians: Tim Willcox (tenor saxophone),David Goldblatt (piano), Bill Athens (acoustic bass) and Charlie Doggett (drums). David Goldblatt is a now a Porland based composer/pianist who has recorded and performed with a broad spectrum of artists such as: Gino Vannelli, Jing Chi, Diana Ross, Mark Isham, Stanley Clarke, Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Joe Sample, Stephen Stills, Joe Walsh, Jazz Crusaders, Madeleine Peyroux and many more. Mr. Goldblatt has and extensive background in film scoring.

Introduction by Dr. Amy Borden, Assistant Professor, Film Studies, School of Theatre and Film at Portland State University.


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Wed, Oct 16, 2013
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THE FARMER’S WIFE
DIRECTOR: ALFRED HITCHCOCK
UNITED KINGDOM, 1928

“Alfred Hitchcock was worried that the stage roots of THE FARMER’S WIFE…might show through in his film adaptation. It was a needless worry. This semi-comic story of a widowed farmer’s attempts to find himself a new wife is shot, as François Truffaut observed, ‘like a thriller.’ The camera, on occasion handled by Hitch himself, observes the action cinematically…. Each prospective wife—the horsy one, the hysterical one, the high-spirited one—is presented as a comic stereotype. Rejected by each, the farmer ultimately discovers what has been literally staring him—and the audience—in the face all the time: his young, attractive, and devoted housekeeper.”—British Film Institute. “Often very funny, the film features the director’s virtuoso flourishes, including the use of long takes and party scenes featuring meticulous choreography.”—SIFF Cinema. (112 mins.)

Admission $15, Silver Screen Club members $10.

With live musical accompaniment by Battle Hymns and Gardens.

Bold Music for a Brave New World. “ Some of Portland’s most creative musicians… some of the cities most intriguing far out jazz.”-Willamette Week.

A Rialto Pictures Release Restoration by BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Principal restoration funding provided by Matt Spick, with additional funding provided by Deluxe 142
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Fri, Oct 18, 2013
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THE RING
DIRECTOR: ALFRED HITCHCOCK
UNITED KINGDOM, 1927

“THE RING fascinates because it is not a suspense film and yet experiments with the tropes through which Hitchcock created suspense. There’s something that Raymond Durgnat summed up as ‘petty, edgy, unnerving’ here. The setting is the world of boxing in which hungry amateurs vie with professional prizefighters for money, status, and love. A young fairground pugilist marries his ticket-taker girlfriend, only to find himself openly cuckolded by his rival, the Champion. The film’s title refers to the boxing arena, the wedding ring, and a bracelet the girl wears, a gift from her lover, shaped in the form of a serpent. Not a very original sin, perhaps, in the hands of another director, but the young wife bizarrely flaunts her infidelity, mocking her helpless mate through symbols even he can comprehend. Hitchcock revels in all the fairground ‘business,’ in the grotesque masks of the thrill-seekers, and, as both fighters come up in the world, in the equally frantic flapper society.”—Pacific Film Archive. (116 mins.)

Admission $15, Silver Screen Club members $10.

With live musical accompaniment by Tara Jane O’Neil.

Ms. O’Neil is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and visual artist.  She creates melodic and experimental music under her own name and in collaboration with her brilliant friends. Her recordings range from solo songing to noise improvisations. TJO has composed and performed music and sound for films, theater and dance performances, and written large and small ensemble experimental architectures.

A Rialto Pictures Release Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Principal restoration funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142 and The Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation.


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Sun, Oct 20, 2013
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DOWNHILL
DIRECTOR: ALFRED HITCHCOCK
UNITED KINGDOM, 1927

“DOWNHILL mixes cynical humor with sexual horror as it tracks star rugby player Roddy’s descent from upstanding British schoolboy to Montmartre gigolo, the downhill road laid for him by a series of scheming women. Hitchcock’s formal audacity is on flamboyant display in false flashbacks, upside-down POV shots, and massive foreground objects dwarfing the characters behind them. The film reaches a psychological and stylistic climax with delirious, nightmarishly vivid visions of an evil feminine conspiracy. ‘I wanted to embody the dream in the reality, in solid, unblurred images,’ Hitchcock later said.”—BFI. (105 mins.)

Admission $15, Silver Screen Club members $10.

With live musical accompaniment by Gideon Freudmann.

Mr Freudmann is a  cello innovator, composer, songwriter, improvisor who plays a fusion of Blues Jazz, Folk, Classical, Rock and more. He plays an electric cello with real time looping gear and a fertile imagination.

A Park Circus Films Release Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios, Global Entertainment and Park Circus Films. Principal restoration funding provided by Simon W. Hessel. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142 and The Headley Trust


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Wed, Oct 23, 2013
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CHAMPAGNE
DIRECTOR: ALFRED HITCHCOCK
UNITED KINGDOM, 1928

CHAMPAGNE stars the bubbly Betty Balfour as a frivolous flapper whose millionaire father looks to teach her a lesson in frugality by letting her think he’s gone bankrupt. The movie brims with sight gags, with a swaying camera mimicking the roll of an ocean liner to generate several humorously queasy moments. But the comedy also has an unsettling undercurrent in the way the men in Betty’s life—her father, her fiancé, a mysterious admirer—seem eager to see her shamed. Throughout, Hitchcock revels in provocative uses of POV, including a look through the dregs of a glass of champagne that brackets the picture.”—BFI. (105 mins.)

Admission $15, Silver Screen Club members $10.

With live musical accompaniment by The Bill Marsh Ensemble.

Mr. Marsh is a sought after guitarist based in Portland who is currently recording and performing with Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Halie Loren and Morning Ritual.

A Rialto Pictures Release Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Principal restoration funding provided by The Eric Anker-Petersen Charity. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142


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Fri, Oct 25, 2013
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THE PLEASURE GARDEN
DIRECTOR: ALFRED HITCHCOCK
UNITED KINGDOM/GERMANY, 1925

Hitchcock’s first film, shot in Germany and on location in Italy at Lake Como, is set in the world of seedy London nightclubs. Two young dancers, one celebrated, the other finding her way, take intertwined paths to romantic tragedy. The first of several Hitchcock films about women putting faith in men they don’t really know—to perilous effect—THE PLEASURE GARDEN also offers hints of the visual flourishes and thematic obsessions later to become iconic. Alma Reville served as the film’s assistant director (one of 19 films of his she worked on over 50 years), and the story goes that Hitchcock proposed to her after the shooting wrapped. (90 mins.)

Admission $15, Silver Screen Club members $10.

With live musical accompaniment by the 1939 Ensemble.

1939 Ensemble is Jose Medeles and David Coniglio, an instrumental duo from Portland, featuring metal, wood,drums and vibes, beats and melody. Random precision through noise, 1939 Ensemble doesn’t just cross genres, they both embrace and exploit them, inviting each listener in through the familiar, and leaving them with something new to explore.

A Park Circus Films Release Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Park Circus Films. Principal restoration funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation, and by Matt Spick. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142.


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Sat, Oct 26, 2013
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THE MANXMAN
DIRECTOR: ALFRED HITCHCOCK
UNITED KINGDOM, 1929

In a remote fishing village on the Isle of Man, two boyhood friends—one a lawyer, the other a fisherman—are torn apart when they discover they are in love with the same woman—smolderingly sensual Anny Ondra, whom Hitchcock also cast in his suspense masterpiece BLACKMAIL. Shooting in Cornwall, Hitchcock makes striking use of the dramatic natural surroundings and vertiginous seaside cliffs in “one of the best and most mature works of his early career.”—BFI. (101 mins.)

Admission $15, Silver Screen Club members $10.

With live musical accompaniment by Tres Gone.

Born from the ashes of Portland's Gone Orchestra, Tres Gone is Mike Mahaffay on drums, Scott Steele on guitar and bass and Eric Hausmann on guitar synth; a  trio of improvisers who frequently collaborate with multimedia and an assortment of other artists.

A Rialto Pictures Release Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Principal restoration funding provided by Daniel and Joanna Friel and Ronald T. Shedlo. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142.


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Sun, Oct 27, 2013
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EASY VIRTUE
DIRECTOR: ALFRED HITCHCOCK
UNITED KINGDOM, 1927

The tyrannies of polite British society come under scrutiny in this adaptation of Noël Coward’s stage hit of the same name. Adapted by Eliot Stannard, who scripted most of Hitchcock’s silent films, EASY VIRTUE offers an early example of one of Hitchcock’s favorite themes: the “wrong man”—in this case, woman. After Larita Filton is unjustly accused of having an affair, her hard-drinking husband divorces her. She heads for the South of France under a new identity to escape the press, but not for long, as her would-be fiancé’s mother finds out about her past in The Tatler and begins meddling in the couple’s fate. “Hitchcock’s handling of flashbacks shows impressive narrative flair, as does his frequently imaginative play with point-of-view.”—Time Out, London. (80 mins.)

Admission $15, Silver Screen Club members $10.

With live musical accompaniment by Joshua Pearl.

Joshua Pearl is a musical explorer and adventurer (www.joshuapearl.com), internationally acclaimed pianist and composer, transplant from the theater world of New York, founding member of the cross-disciplinary trio Incorporamento (with dancer Gavin Larsen and poet David Biespiel) (www.dancemusicpoetry.com), executive director of The Portland Music Collaborative.

A Park Circus Films Release Restoration by BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Park Circus Films. Restoration funding provided by The American Friends of the BFI, The John S. Cohen Foundation, Deluxe 142, The Idlewild Trust, and numerous film societies across the U.K. that donated to the Hitchcock 9 campaign.


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