Posts From Brent Reid


Silent Film Musicians Directory, Part 2

The Americas The most comprehensive worldwide listing of musicians and composers ever published Find favourite accompanists or the right artist for your screening or scoring project There are currently around


Alfred Hitchcock: The Dark Side or the Wrong Man?

The Trouble with Hitchcock: did his onscreen mistreatment of women extend to real life? Many films had femme fatale and icy blondes, constantly thrown in danger’s path Now #MeToo movement’s unblinking


Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1926), Part 2

Restorations and home video releases A Story of the Home Video Fog: for every quality release, many awful ones lurk to catch the unwary The Lodger languished in multitudes of


Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Blackmail (1929), Part 2

Restoration and home video releases Detailing restoration and quality home video releases of this groundbreaker Shot in two separate versions: the Master’s final silent and first sound film The silent version


Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Waltzes from Vienna (1934)

This hidden gem is sadly one of the Master’s most underrated films Features Jessie Matthews, Britain’s biggest and first international film star First and best of a famous German operetta’s many screen


Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Number Seventeen (1932)

Woefully misunderstood mini-masterpiece is worthy of serious investigation Convoluted comedy-thriller that’s more rewarding with each successive viewing One of the Master’s most atmospheric films and the very epitome of expressionism


Alma Reville: The Power Behind Hitchcock’s Throne

Celebrating the 120th birthday of a hugely underrated pioneer of British cinema Giving credit where it’s due: she was one half of the best filmmaking duo in history Alfred Hitchcock was loyally


Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The British Years in Print

A legend begins: the Master of Suspense was born 120 years ago today Probably the most recognised and highly regarded director in history One of the most dissected, discussed and documented


Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Rich and Strange (1931)

Every port tells a different story: money doesn’t lead to happiness At first glance, a marvellously inventive, lighthearted little comedy But in Hitch’s hands it’s complex, multi-layered and surprisingly dark The


Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The Skin Game (1931)

Class meets crass and both cruelly trample on innocent dreams One of the Master’s best British films but it’s often unfairly overlooked Class system injustice is laid bare in a