Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Hitchcock 9: Alfred Hitchcock's Silent Films

Alfred Hitchcock's The Manxman (1929)

From our friends at AFI Silver Theatre...

The Hitchcock 9: Alfred Hitchcock's Silent Films
July 13 - August 4

“The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema.” – Alfred Hitchcock

The restoration of Alfred Hitchcock’s silent films has been the biggest and most complex restoration project undertaken by the BFI National Archive to date. Decades of damage and wear have been removed; the sharpness of the images improved; new shots discovered and inter-titles and tinting restored. The BFI has used elements borrowed from seven international archives in the restoration process, but film materials from the BFI National Archive—including a number of original negatives— have been central to the project. Hitchcock’s silent films are essential to an understanding of his later work and these restorations now enable them to be seen afresh and discovered by new audiences across the world.

The Hitchcock 9 is a joint venture of the BFI, Rialto Pictures/StudioCanal, and Park Circus/ITV.

The series is co-presented by the AFI Silver Theatre and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. For information on films screening at the NGA, visit

At AFI Silver:

Note that ticket prices for The Hitchcock 9 series vary by show, but typically are between $15 and $20 each. You can reserve tickets online ( for any regular show with no added fee. Tickets reserved online MUST be retrieved at the box office with the same credit card used to reserve the tickets. The AFI Silver accepts American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Both advance sale, and day-of-show purchases are available online or in person.

Live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne
Sat, Jul 13, 5:30
Tickets $15/$12 AFI Members

Live musical accompaniment by Ray Brubacher
Sat, Jul 20, 4:00
Tickets $15/$12 AFI Members

BLACKMAIL (Silent Version)
Live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Picture Orchestra
Fri, Jul 26, 7:30
Tickets $20/$15 AFI Members

Live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Picture Orchestra
Sun, Jul 28, 3:00
Tickets $20/$15 AFI Members

Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson
Sat, Aug 3, 5:00
Tickets $15/$12 AFI Members

At The National Gallery of Art:

Unless otherwise noted, films are screened in the East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Admission is FREE, but seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open thirty minutes before each show and programs are subject to change. For more information, call (202) 842-6799, or visit

Stephen Horne in performance
Sun, Jul 14, 4:00

Philip Carli in performance
Sun, July 21, 4:00

Mont Alto Picture Orchestra in performance
Sat, July 27, 2:00

Andrew Simpson in performance
Sun Aug 4, 4:30