Hitchcock needs YOU

Hitchcock is one of our all time directors here at Vulture Hound so we thought we would share this with you from the BFI.

Alfred Hitchcock: pioneer, legend and master of suspense

The BFI National Archive looks after our nation’s film heritage. It is the largest and most important film and TV collection in the world.

Curators of the BFI National Archive have identified a collection of films in desperate need of restoration with nine of Alfred Hitchcock’s early silent films being the first to seek rescue through the Support the BFI campaign.

Hitchcock’s nine surviving silent films are among the most important in British cinema history. But decades of wear and tear have left them in urgent need of restoration.

Films

The Pleasure Garden (1925)
The Lodger (1926)
The Ring (1927)
Downhill (1927)
Easy Virtue (1927)
The Farmers Wife (1927)
Champagne (1928)
The Manxman (1929)
Blackmail (1929)

The BFI needs you to bring these rare films back from the brink and into the digital age.

Every penny counts. So please give whatever you can, and help bring a cinematic masterpiece back to life – for you, for everyone, forever.

“Before the restoration, Underground was in a bad state with scratches and solarisation running throughout the film and leaving the amazing final chase scene, which I love, all but obliterated. The curators worked on it frame by frame and as the project progressed over the months I was able to come in and watch clips, so I really saw the transformation. After all that painstaking expert work, it was an incredible feeling to be seated at the London Film Festival with hundreds of other people all enjoying that beautifully restored print with its newly written musical score. It’s a moment I won’t forget”.

Simon Hessel, a BFI Patron, supported the restoration of Underground (Dir. Anthony Asquith, 1928)

Click here for more info – http://www.bfi.org.uk/nationalarchive/hitchcock/