The Hitchcock 9

Friday 9 – Thursday 15 August 2013

The Music Box Theatre is delighted to announce a week of Hitchcock’s silent films: “The Hitchcock 9” – jointly presented by the BFI, Park Circus/ITV, and Rialto Pictures.

The restoration of Alfred Hitchcock’s nine surviving 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 image improved; new shots discovered and intertitles 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 Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra and organist Dennis Scott present newly-composed scores for select titles.

The Mont Alto Orchestra is a five piece chamber ensemble that revives the repertoire and scoring techniques of the orchestras in movie theaters during the silent film era. The New York Times says “the results are often breathtakingly beautiful and always in the strict service of the film on the screen.” Mont Alto was formed in Colorado in 1989, and has scored over 100 silent films using historic orchestrations, recording over 20 film scores for releases on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Turner Classic Movies. The Mont Alto Orchestra are regulars at the Telluride Film Festival, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the Silent Film Society of Chicago, and the Kansas Silent Film Festival, and have toured around the United States from Films at Lincoln Center in New York to Grauman’s Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.

Mont Alto will be accompanying:

Friday, August 9, 8:30pm – Blackmail
Saturday, August 10, 8:30pm – The Lodger
Sunday, August 11, 6:30pm – The Ring

Dennis Scott, Music Box Theatre’s house organist, is an internationally known silent film organist dubbed the “Master of Magic Notes” by Suzanne Lloyd, granddaughter of the comic genius Harold Lloyd. Scott began accompanying silent films in the 1970s, when he started playing theater pipe organs installed in pizza parlors in the Midwest and the West Coast. He is a co-founder of the Silent Film Society of Chicago. Ongoing at the Music Box, he plays weekend intermissions, the annual Sing-A-Long Sound of Music, Sing-A-Long Grease, Valentine’s Day Sing-Along and the acclaimed Music Box Christmas Sing-Along, a Chicago holiday tradition for nearly 30 years. For Music Box’s Second Saturday Silent Cinema Series, Scott accompanies a classic silent film, live, at noon on the second Saturday of each month on the Music Box Theatre organ. The series was named the “Best New Film Series of 2011” by Chicago magazine and “Best Matinee Film Series of 2012” by the Chicago Reader.

Dennis Scott will be accompanying:

Saturday, August 10, 3:30pm – Easy Virtue
Saturday, August 10, 6:00pm – Champagne
Sunday, August 11, 3:30pm – The Pleasure Garden
Monday, August 12, 8:30pm – The Farmer’s Wife
Tuesday, August 13, 8:30pm – The Manxman

Schedule

Friday, August 9th, 2013

  • 8:30pm: Blackmail

Pricing

Tickets for most screenings are $10 adults/$8 students.

Tickets for screenings with Mont Alto Orchestra accompaniment are $12 adults/$10 students.

Films


  • Fri 9 Aug 2013, 8:30pm

Blackmail with Live Accompaniment by Mont Alto!

Blackmail

directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Anny Ondra, Sara Allgood, Charles Paton in English

Join us for the opening night of our Hitchcock 9 Series!

This is the opening night event for The Hitchcock 9 and we couldn’t be more excited to screen Blackmail for you with live musical accompaniment by The Mont Alto Orchestra! The Mont Alto Orchestra is a five piece chamber ensemble that revives the repertoire and scoring techniques of the orchestras in movie theaters during the silent film era. The New York Times says “the results are often breathtakingly beautiful and always in the strict service of the film on the screen.” Mont Alto was formed in Colorado in 1989, and has scored over 100 silent films using historic orchestrations, recording over 20 film scores for releases on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Turner Classic Movies. The Mont Alto Orchestra are regulars at the Telluride Film Festival, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the Silent Film Society of Chicago, and the Kansas Silent Film Festival, and have toured around the United States from Films at Lincoln Center in New York to Grauman’s Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.

Hitchcock’s silent Blackmail is one of the best British films, if not the best, of the late 1920s. Made in 1929, during the transition to the sound era, it was commissioned as both as silent and as a part-talkie with music and some dialogue scenes. Czech film actress Anny Ondra stars as Alice White, a young woman whose brief flirtation with an artist turns suddenly and terribly sour … Hitchcock’s masterly thriller boasts great London locations including the British Museum, Whitehall and the Lyons Tea House at Piccadilly Circus.

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