The Hitchcock 9 Project
Date & Time: 4/8 4:30pm
Venue: Cinema, Hong Kong Film Achive
Speaker： Robin Baker, Head Curator, British Film Institute
Host： Winnie Fu
Conducted in English. Admission Free
Behind the Hitchcock 9
Restoring Alfred Hitchcock’s silent feature films
In 2009 the British Film Institute embarked on its largest and most complex film restoration project to date: the restoration of Alfred Hitchcock’s 9 surviving silent feature films.
By the end of the 1920s Hitchcock was the most famous director in Britain and all the innovations, the humour and obsessions that we have come to understand as ‘Hitchcockian’ were firmly in place. Unfortunately, however, more than 80 years of wear, tear, nitrate decomposition and ‘editing’ by distributors had left the surviving prints in an almost unscreenable state.
Robin Baker, head curator of the BFI National Archive, will discuss the epic restoration process, illustrating his talk with extracts from the films that show the remarkable transformation that the film materials have undergone. He will also discuss the significance of Hitchcock’s early career and why these silent films are essential viewing for anyone interested in the history of cinema.
For more information about Hitchcock’s work see The 39 Steps to Hitchcock - http://explore.bfi.org.uk/39steps
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