Sight and Sound (2012) - The first nine steps
- article: The first nine steps
- author(s): Bryony Dixon
- journal: Sight and Sound (01/Aug/2012)
- issue: volume 22, issue 8, page 46
- journal ISSN: 0037-4806
- publisher: Tower Publishing Services
- keywords: Alfred Hitchcock, Anny Ondra, Betty Balfour, Blackmail (1929), Carl Brisson, Champagne (1928), Downhill (1927), Easy Virtue (1928), Filmmakers, Ivor Novello, Jack the Ripper, Lillian Hall-Davis, Miles Mander, Motion picture directors & producers, Motion pictures, Notorious (1946), Noël Coward, Silent films, The Farmer's Wife (1928), The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927), The Manxman (1929), The Pleasure Garden (1925), The Ring (1927), Virginia Valli, Works
THE FIRST NINE STEPS
Like John Ford, Howard Hawks and other great directors of the golden age, Alfred Hitchcock developed his cinematic language directing silent films, which show many of the hallmarks of his later sound classics
The Pleasure Garden (1926)
The Lodger (1926)
In an early example of the 'transference of guilt' theme in Hitchcock, Ivor Novello stars as a public schoolboy who is expelled after taking the blame for a friend's indiscretion.
Easy Virtue (1927)
Hitchcock adapted Noel Coward's play about a divorcee who hides her scandalous past from her wealthy new lover, only to have her secrets uncovered by his jealous, domineering mother.
The Ring (1927)
The Farmer's Wife (1928)
Hitchcock's charming silent comedy concerns an obstinate widowed farmer who finds himself alone after his daughter gets married, and sets out to find a suitable ne...