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Archive Gala

The Manxman

World premiere of Hitchcock’s newly restored 1929 silent drama, which tells the story of two boyhood friends who fall in love with the same girl.

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The Manxman

BFI National Archive restoration in association with STUDIOCANAL

  • Director Alfred Hitchcock
  • Screenwriter Eliot Stannard
  • With Carl Brisson, Anny Ondra, Malcolm Keen
  • UK 1929
  • 100 mins
  • UK distribution BFI

With live performance of Stephen Horne’s new score for piano, fiddle, viola, oboe, percussion and folk harp.
Presented in association with The Krasner Fund for the BFI: supporting film treasures in the BFI collections.
Restoration funding provided by Daniel & Joanna Friel and Ronald T Shedlo. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142.

Set in a remote Isle of Man fishing community (but shot in Cornwall), Hitchcock’s penultimate silent feature is one of the best and most mature works of his early career. Adapted from the bestselling novel by Hall Caine (once secretary to Dante Gabriel Rossetti), the story follows two boyhood friends who take markedly different paths in adulthood: one becomes a fisherman, the other a lawyer. But both fall in love with the same woman, the daughter of a puritanical Methodist, forcing them to deal not only with their own moral code but also that of the strict Manx society. This tragic love triangle might not seem like obvious territory for the director, but it’s bursting with bold, Hitchcockian bravado. Hitchcock’s portrayal of the wild ‘Manx’ coastline is among the most evocative in any of his work and trapped within it is the wonderful Anny Ondra. It’s a complex, sensual performance – part vulnerable waif, part flirtatious femme fatale – and clearly the reason why Hitch cast her in his suspense masterpiece, Blackmail, later that year. For the last three years the BFI National Archive has been restoring Hitchcock’s nine surviving silent features. This is the world premiere screening of the last of these restorations and derives from the original negative.
Robin Baker

Related event: A Creative Collaboration: Edith Head and Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock filmography

1922 Number 13 [unfinished, lost]
1923 Always Tell Your Wife (co-d Hugh Croise, Seymour Hicks) [part-lost]
1925 The Pleasure Garden
1926 The Mountain Eagle [lost]
1927 The Lodger: a Story of the London Fog; The Ring; Downhill
1928 The Farmer’s Wife; Easy Virtue; Champagne
1929 The Manxman; Blackmail [sound and silent versions]
1930 June and the Paycock; Murder!; Elstree Calling
1931 The Skin Game; Mary; Rich and Strange
1932 Number Seventeen
1933 Waltzes from Vienna
1934 The Man Who Knew Too Much
1935 The 39 Steps
1936 Secret Agent; Sabotage
1937 Young and Innocent
1938 The Lady Vanishes
1939 Jamaica Inn
1940 Rebecca; Foreign Correspondent
1941 Mr and Mrs Smith; Suspicion
1942 Saboteur
1943 Shadow of a Doubt; Lifeboat
1944 Aventure malgache [s]; Bon voyage [s]
1945 Spellbound
1946 Notorious
1947 The Paradine Case
1948 Rope
1949 Under Capricorn
1950 Stage Fright
1951 Strangers on a Train
1953 I Confess
1954 Dial M for Murder; Rear Window
1955 To Catch a Thief; The Trouble with Harry
1956 The Man Who Knew Too Much; The Wrong Man
1958 Vertigo
1959 North by North West
1960 Psycho
1963 The Birds
1964 Marnie
1966 Torn Curtain
1969 Topaz
1972 Frenzy
1976 Family Plot

Read the Time Out review.

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