Blackmail (1929) silent with live music by Stephen Horne
The Hippodrome is proud to present Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal thriller ‘Blackmail’ (1929) with live accompaniment by one of the world’s best silent film musicians: Stephen Horne on piano, flute and accordion, plus an introduction by Laraine Porter,
Beautiful young Alice (Anny Ondra) is engaged to a nice young detective from Scotland Yard. After a lovers’ tiff Alice is lured to the flat of a flirtatious neighbour but matters take a dark turn… One of the best British films of the 1920s and a highpoint of Hitchcock’s early career the film is a suspenseful drama with breath-taking set-pieces and displaying the director’s trademark technical flair and humour
This is your chance to see the beautifully restored version with live accompaniment by Stephen Horne, an internationally celebrated musician who performs his own compositions and improvisations for silent film at the most prestigious festivals around the world including the annual Hippodrome Silent Film Festival.
Tonight’s screening will be introduced by introduced by Laraine Porter, De Montfort University will talk about the importance of Blackmail as both a silent and sound film, made when British producers and directors were forced to embrace new sound technology to satisfy public demand for ‘talkies’. Presented as part of 'British Silent Cinema and the Transition to Sound', a three-year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to examine the transition between silent and sound cinema in Britain between 1927-1933.
Tickets £12 (£10)
Ticket Deal:10% off when you buy for more than one A Taste of Silents event. Only available in person or via phone
Sat 11 November 7.30pm.
‘Blackmail’ is part of our Hippodrome ‘Taste of Silents’ – a short season to introduce the rich, immersive and captivating world of silent film with live music. The season includes… the most influential sci-fi of all time ‘Metropolis’, the romantic drama ‘Sunrise’ and Harold Lloyd’s breath-taking, clock-face-hanging comedy ‘Safety Last’.