Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. With Carl Brisson, Malcolm Keen,
UK 1929, 35mm, b/w, silent, 100 min
Live Piano Accompaniment by Robert Humphreville
“For the first time,” Eric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol wrote of The Manxman, “Hitchcock penetrated a domain that has since become dear to him—vertigo.” The intractability of a love triangle and the agonizing claustrophobia of false appearances are the true subjects of Hitchcock’s final silent picture. The director told Truffaut that he felt constrained by the popularity of Sir Hall Caine’s source novel, but a distressing wedding ceremony and despairing suicide attempt are unmistakably Hitchcock’s own inventions. The dynamic location photography of the battered English coast owes to cinematographer Jack Cox, the brazen sensuality to Czech actress Anny Ondra.
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
Robert Humphreville - Composer, The Windmill Movie
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