The tyrannies of polite British society come under scrutiny in this adaptation of Noël Coward’s stage hit of the same name. Adapted by Eliot Stannard, who scripted most of Hitchcock’s silent films, EASY VIRTUE offers an early example of one of Hitchcock’s favorite themes: the “wrong man”—in this case, woman. After Larita Filton is unjustly accused of having an affair, her hard-drinking husband divorces her. She heads for the South of France under a new identity to escape the press, but not for long, as her would-be fiancé’s mother finds out about her past in The Tatler and begins meddling in the couple’s fate. “Hitchcock’s handling of flashbacks shows impressive narrative flair, as does his frequently imaginative play with point-of-view.”—Time Out, London. (80 mins.)
With live musical accompaniment by Joshua Pearl.
Joshua Pearl is a musical explorer and adventurer (www.joshuapearl.com), internationally acclaimed pianist and composer, transplant from the theater world of New York, founding member of the cross-disciplinary trio Incorporamento (with dancer Gavin Larsen and poet David Biespiel) (www.dancemusicpoetry.com), executive director of The Portland Music Collaborative.
A Park Circus Films Release Restoration by BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Park Circus Films. Restoration funding provided by The American Friends of the BFI, The John S. Cohen Foundation, Deluxe 142, The Idlewild Trust, and numerous film societies across the U.K. that donated to the Hitchcock 9 campaign.