The Hitchcock 9 at Reel Music 31: BLACKMAIL featuring live musical accompaniment by 3 LEG TORSO w/ MARK ORTON

Blackmail

Hitchcock’s last silent film, generally hailed as the finest British film of the decade, was quickly refashioned into his first (part-talkie) sound film in the twilight of the silent era. A not-quite-so-innocent young woman, prospecting for a lover, kills a suitor in self-defense. When a witness tries to blackmail her and her boyfriend, who happens to be a Scotland Yard detective, lives start to spiral out of control. Hitchcock’s masterful expressionism shows the story rather than tells it, employing London landmarks in evocative fashion and staging a thrilling chase scene through, and over the rooftop at, the British Museum. (85 mins.)

With live musical accompaniment by 3 Leg Torso with special guest Mark Orton.

The cinematic nature of 3 Leg Torso’s  music has led to work with many film makers, including Oscar nominated documentary artist Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), two short films with Teller (Penn & Teller) two films by Academy Award winning animator Joan Gratz The Dowager’s Feast and The Dowager’s Idyll.  In 2003, accordionist Von Drehle was awarded a fellowship at the Sundance Film Composer’s Lab, and in 2010, his work on the Oscar nominated documentary The Final Inch, was nominated for an Emmy. Mark Orton, a fellow alumnus of The Sundance Film Composer’s Lab, is a composer working in the mediums of film scoring, concert music, and radio drama. He is co-founder of Tin Hat and he has written scores for dozens of films – documentary, feature, and fine art – and has composed music for modern dance, theater, experimental radio, video/art installation, the circus, and the concert hall.

A Rialto Pictures Release Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Principal restoration funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142, Pia Getty, Col & Karen Needham, and the Dr. Mortimer & Theresa Sackler Foundation.

BLACKMAIL screens Saturday, October 12 at 8pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  THE HITCHCOCK 9 is being presented as part of our Reel Music 31 Festival.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: