Hitchcock’s Manxman movie in restoration
THE British Film Institute has announced it will present the world premiere of its restoration of Hitchcock’s The Manxman (1929) in Leicester Square, London, on October 19.
The powerful love triangle set among the fishing community here in the Isle of Man will be shown at The Empire cinema with a new score by internationally renowned accompanist Stephen Horne as part of the BFI London Film Festival (October 10 -21).
The Manxman is Alfred Hitchcock’s last wholly silent film and one of the best and most mature works of his early career.
Adapted from the novel (originally published in 1894) by bestselling Manx author Sir Hall Caine, who specialised in stories set in the island.
Set in a small fishing community, it tells the tale of two boyhood friends who take markedly different paths in adulthood.
One a humble fisherman, the other a lawyer destined to become Deemster. Both fall in love with the same woman, forcing them to deal not only with their own moral code but also that of the strict Manx society.
Although an atypical Hitchcock work, The Manxman features actors Malcom Keen, Carl Brisson and Anny Ondra.
The film has been restored as part of The Genius of Hitchcock - the biggest ever project undertaken by the BFI.
The Manxman is the last of nine new restorations of Alfred Hitchcock’s surviving silent films to be presented with new music, part of a series of events launched as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
The project continues through August into October. The BFI has also published a new book 39 Steps to The Genius of Hitchcock and there is a supporting exhibition at BFI Southbank alongside a series of new resources online at www.bfi.org.uk
BFI artistic director Clare Stewart said: ‘The Manxman will be a fitting culmination to the BFI’s extraordinary series of screenings of Hitchcock’s newly restored silent films this summer. Critics and audiences alike have been thrilled to see these films afresh, transformed by great new music and exciting settings.’
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