The Hitchcock 9 at Reel Music 31: THE PLEASURE GARDEN w/ live musical accompaniment by the 1939 ENSEMBLE

The Pleasure Garden

Hitchcock’s first film, shot in Germany and on location in Italy at Lake Como, is set in the world of seedy London nightclubs. Two young dancers, one celebrated, the other finding her way, take intertwined paths to romantic tragedy. The first of several Hitchcock films about women putting faith in men they don’t really know—to perilous effect—THE PLEASURE GARDEN also offers hints of the visual flourishes and thematic obsessions later to become iconic. Alma Reville served as the film’s assistant director (one of 19 films of his she worked on over 50 years), and the story goes that Hitchcock proposed to her after the shooting wrapped. (90 mins.)

With live musical accompaniment by the 1939 Ensemble.

1939 Ensemble is Jose Medeles and David Coniglio, an instrumental duo from Portland, featuring metal, wood,drums and vibes, beats and melody. Random precision through noise, 1939 Ensemble doesn’t just cross genres, they both embrace and exploit them, inviting each listener in through the familiar, and leaving them with something new to explore.

A Park Circus Films Release Restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Park Circus Films. Principal restoration funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation, and by Matt Spick. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142.

THE PLEASURE GARDEN screens Friday, October 25 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.
Series passes to The Hitchcock 9 available here.

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