Blackmail (1929)

blackmail-15Last Sunday I went to the Revue Cinema in Toronto and saw the silent version of Hitchcock’s Blackmail.  It must have been so many years ago that I saw it—I think it was the talkie version of this film—that I had no memory of the story any longer .  This print, or rather digital copy, was remastered, pristine and beautiful.  After it was over, I couldn’t wait to get home and watch the film all over again, or at least what I believed was the talkie DVD that I own.  I was concerned, though, that the copy that I had would be a terrible print and lately I’ve been debating with myself if it’s worthwhile watching a print that’s awful versus not seeing it at all.  But I was pleasantly surprised to find that my print wasn’t bad at all.

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The Phantom Chariot (1921) and Burglars (1930)

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The Phantom Chariot (1920) and Burglars (1930)

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Ugetsu (1953) and Carnival of Souls (1962)

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Ugetsu (1953) and Carnival of Souls (1962)

Lately I’ve been choosing to watch my films based on what I’m reading and sometimes what I’m watching.  For instance, I watched the 1929 version of The Last of Mrs. Cheyney because I had just seen the 1937 remake, and, besides enjoying comparing two versions of films, I wanted to see if I agreed with the contemporary reviews.

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