“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” – Alfred Hitchcock
- Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail (1929) was the first major British sound film.
- Tom Ryall examines its unusual production history and places it in the context of Hitchcock's other British films of the period.
- It is, Ryall argues, both a considerable work of art in itself, and also one of the first to display those touches we now think of as typically Hitchcockian: a blonde heroine in jeopardy, a surprise killing, some brilliantly manipulated suspense, and a last-reel chase around a familiar public landmark (in this case, the British Museum). There's also a cameo appearance by the director himself, as a harassed traveller on the London Underground.
Published: November 1993
Size (cm): 14 x 19 x 0.5
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