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Rare Hitchcock films to tour US

A tour of nine of Alfred Hitchcock’s earliest surviving works restored by the British Film Institute (BFI) will kick off in San Francisco on Jun 14.

The films will screen in San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, Berkley, Chicago, Seattle, Houston, Boston and other cities. 

The restoration project is the most ambitious undertaken by the BFI and covers Hitchcock’s first film The Pleasure Garden, as well as Downhill, Easy Virtue, Champagne, The Farmer’s Wife, Blackmail, The Ring [pictured], The Manxman and The Lodger, in which the British director made his first cameo appearance.

One early Hitchcock film, The Mountain Eagle, remains lost.

The tour will be accompanied at select venues by live musical performances by the Colorado-based Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, British composer and pianist Stephen Horne and other musicians.

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