You are here

Tania Modleski: Representations of Women in Hitchcock’s Blackmail

Film/Video
Blackmail

Blackmail

Image courtesy of Rialto Pictures

Tania Modleski: Representations of Women in Hitchcock’s Blackmail

The Hitchcock 9

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most famous film directors of all time, but his first ten silent films—nine of which survive—are little known compared to his later features. Made from 1925 to 1929, the films are among the greatest achievements of British silent cinema. They can also be seen as blueprints for the rest of Hitch’s body of work, containing many of the motifs and obsessions we have come to recognize as Hitchcockian.

Hitchcock’s development as a filmmaker in the era of silent cinema is crucial to an understanding of his filmmaking style. He was hailed as a genius very early on, and audiences and critics alike were captivated by his daring and powerful mixture of European editing styles, dramatic composition, and humor-laced high drama. Anyone who has been thrilled by Hitchcock’s Hollywood classics such as Vertigo, The Birds, or Psycho will recognize elements of the director’s touch in these earliest works.

The British Film Institute’s restoration of The Hitchcock 9 is the largest restoration project the BFI has ever undertaken and is only possible with the help of new digital technology. Thanks to the BFI’s efforts these films are being made available to venues around the world, including the Wexner Center. We’re complementing the screenings of most films with live musical accompaniment and also hosting a related film studies lecture.

The Hitchcock 9 is a joint venture of the BFI, Rialto Pictures/STUDIOCANAL, and Park Circus/ITV.

Film Studies Lecture Series

Ohio State's Program in Film Studies offers students and the campus community the opportunity to think historically and critically about the entire culture of global cinema. The program partners with the Wexner Center's media arts department on cosponsored lectures and selected screenings.

Thu, Oct 10, 2013 4 PM

Tania Modleski, Florence R. Scott Professor of English at the University of Southern California and author of The Women Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock and Feminist Theory (1988), offers her thoughts on one of films in The Hitchcock 9. Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Film Studies Program.