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Silent Hitchcock

  13.06.26 11:43am

'The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema," Alfred Hitchcock once remarked to François Truffaut. In Hitchcock's early thrillers, comedies and dramas, he mastered visual storytelling and cinematic technique. Between 1925 and 1929, he explored themes he would develop throughout his career—from sexual obsession to characters persecuted for the crimes of others—and bold stylistic invention. And yet his brilliant achievements in sound cinema, such as "Vertigo" (1958) and "Psycho" (1960), have overshadowed his films of the 1920s, which have long been screened in damaged prints, available in poor-quality videotapes or DVDs, or lost altogether

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