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Murray Pioneer and Australian River Record (17/Aug/1928) - Ivor Novello Superb



Ivor Novello Superb

Sincerity, powerful acting, ingenious tricks of technique, familiar scenes, and symbolism have been brought together under the skilful direction of Alfred Hitchcock into a picture worthy of the best British tradition. The story of "Downhill" is episodic, being entirely restricted to the development of one character — that of Roddy, who is suffering disgrace and social decline for a friend. There is no trace of feminine interest in the romantic sense through the film. True, Roddy is married in one of the episodes, but this is treated with deliberation as one more step in the descent. The final close up shows us not a kiss, but a Rugby "try" with Roddy as the hero. At the RIVOLI on Thursday, August 23.