The three-month season is the result of a three-year national archive project to restore Hitchcock’s silent films.
The BFI is launching a three month Hitchcock season from August to October, entitled The Genius of Hitchcock.
Billed as the “biggest project the BFI has ever undertaken”, the season is the culmination of a three-year BFI naational archive project - Rescue the Hitchcock 9 - to restore Hitchcock’s early silent films.
The season will include screenings of four silent films accompanied by newly commissioned scores: The Pleasure Garden (1926), which will screen at Wilton’s Music Hall, Blackmail (1929) at the British Museum, The Ring at Hackney Empire and The Lodger: a Tale of the London Fog (1926) at the Barbican. Funding for the restoration of the four films came from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation. There will also be live online streaming of The Ring and Champagne.
All 58 surviving Hitchcock films - including extended runs of The Lodger and Vertigo - will be screened during the season, which will also feature on stage Q&As with Tippi Hedren and Bruce Dern.
To accompany the American Express backed season the BFI is publishing a new book of essays from critics, curators and historians - 39 Steps to The Genius of Hitchcock.