Hitchcock: The icon’s early work in England at the IFI

The Irish Film Institute presents an extensive retrospective of Alfred Hitchcock’s work in England both before his move to Hollywood and during his occasional trips home which will include a critical introductions and live musical accompaniment. The retrospective will take place from 3rd-18th October 2009.

This series brings together archival prints of ten of Hitchcock’s pre-1939 British features, along with two later films for which he returned to England: Under Capricorn (1949) and Frenzy (1972). The former gains an extra interest through being one of the two he made with an Irish theme, the other being Juno and the Paycock (featuring a cast of Abbey Theatre regulars). Professor Charles Barr of UCD (author of Ealing Studios, and English Hitchcock) will introduce Under Capricorn and discuss its enduring influence despite being a critical failure on release.

Renowned musician and composer Neil O’Connor will be providing live musical accompaniment to The Lodger and Blackmail. By cutting up and experimenting with previously composed orchestral work by O’Connor, the scores hope to provide a dynamic, yet subtle accompaniment to the films.

The programme provides a rare opportunity to see the Hitchcock’s British films in the cinema. These early films demonstrate the emergence of Hitchcock’s style as an auteur; cinematic gems in their own right and a fascinating insight in to the creative genesis of his American blockbusters.

Tickets are available from the IFI Box Office, by telephone on 01 679 3477, or by email on pstewart@irishfilm.ie. For more information on the screenings visit www.irishfilm.ie