The Pleasure Garden - Live Piano Accompaniment by Robert Humphreville

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. With Virginia Valli, Carmelita Geraghty, Miles Mander
Germany/UK 1926, 35mm, b/w, silent, 90 min

Hitchcock establishes the dynamic tension between viewer and viewed within the first few cuts of his directorial debut, as a leggy line of dancers descends a spiral staircase to take the stage for a crowd of monocled spectators. It’s the untried dancer from the provinces who proves ruthless in The Pleasure Garden, while the veteran who offers a helping hand suffers dwindling fortunes and a cruel husband. As their paralleled lives comes unglued for a haunting eruption of violence in the tropics, Hitchcock explores the stylistic possibilities of the melodrama. The production was British, the actresses American, the sets German, the air of unfulfilled desire and moral transgression pure Hitchcock.

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


Robert Humphreville - Composer, The Windmill Movie


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  • John

    Hitchcock's film debut was absolutely amazing at 26 years old. The live musical piano that accompanied the film was so seamless that we felt it was part of the original score for the film. This was so much fun, let's do it again next Saturday night!

    July 21, 2013

  • Patti C.

    Marvelous. Seamless. Engaging. There was so much to talk about afterwards, reliving the highlights, laughing- one of the best meetups I've ever attended!

    July 21, 2013

  • Catherine L.

    The film was excellent! Sadly, as this was my first meetup for this group, i could not find the post film meetup members. It was probably my fault, as I and my guest were late. We arrived after the presenter had started his talk. I apologize for that. I hope that next time I'll get to also meet you all. This venue was delightful. Thank you for organizing this

    July 21, 2013

  • Sheldon A.

    Great movie

    July 20, 2013

  • Janet

    Delightfully fascinating film. Many more nuanced details than my expectations of 20s films. Good discussion after.

    July 20, 2013

  • Laura

    the weather is not cooperating

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will probably attend the film only if you're looking for a head count for after.

    July 20, 2013

  • Susan

    I regret having to back out of this event, but the ongoing heat is making me feel sick today.

    July 20, 2013

  • Stan

    I'm sorry but something's come up and I won't be able to attend.

    July 20, 2013

  • Susan

    Love Hitchhock - looking forward to joining the group for this film:)

    July 19, 2013

  • Diane

    Hi Bob-- You can reserve advanced tix for HFA only if you're a member. Cambridge is pretty emptied at this time of summer so probably not an issue??
    Hi Catherine-- after film, when we go out to eat, folks bring cash and pay their share at the post-film restaurant/discussion.

    July 15, 2013

    • Catherine L.

      Hi Diane, Thanks for answering me. I'll make sure I bring enough cash to cover me and me 2 nieces. Looking forward to meeting you and the other members at this meetup!

      July 16, 2013

  • Bob

    I don't think you can buy tix in advance or online with the HFA... is that right?

    July 14, 2013

  • Catherine L.

    Hello, I've RSVPd for two of these events. How do I contribute tit the libations?

    July 7, 2013

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