Posts From Brent Reid

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Elstree Calling (1930)

Contrary to popular opinion, Hitchcock actually directed two musicals This was his first, though he shared duties with topliner Adrian Brunel Also his first part-colour film, years before the full-colour

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Juno and the Paycock (1930)

The first all-talking film from the young director is a dark and funny drama Based on a perennially popular stage play depicting working class strife in 1920s Ireland Featuring many

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Blackmail (1929)

The Master’s first full-length sound film and its silent counterpart get the twice-over They were simultaneously shot and released on the cusp of the talkie revolution Hitchcock was keen to push

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The Manxman (1929)

The Master’s last fully silent film is a haunting romantic drama Carl Brisson, star of The Ring, is caught up in another love triangle Secrets and lies prepared star Anny

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Champagne (1928)

The Master’s second comedy features Betty Balfour, Britain’s biggest star of the 1920s But even her effervescent charms can’t keep it from occasionally falling a little flat Its mostly hit but a little

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The Farmer’s Wife (1928)

The Master’s uproarious first comedy, stuffed with oddballs and eccentrics It’s full of good old-fashioned English humour, both gentle and earthy Including slapstick and even subtle smut, fans of the

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The Ring (1927)

The Master turns in a technical tour de force in this prize winning tale Danish actor Carl Brisson, star of two Hitchcocks, suffers a hit in love in both Don’t watch the horde

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Easy Virtue (1927)

One of the Master’s most obscure films; much maligned, it only exists in severely compromised condition Only a few badly worn 16mm prints survive, all missing more than 25% of their original footage As

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Downhill (1927)

Not a murder in sight, but it’s still one of the darkest films in the Master’s canon The star of The Lodger returns to suffer again in another Wrong Man

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Hitchcock/Truffaut: The Men Who Knew So Much

When Alfred met François: from 1962, the iconic directors joined forces for a series of renowned interviews Their far-ranging conversations spawned a multimedia franchise enduring to the present day Influencing generations of fans, filmmakers and scholars