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Alfred Hitchcock's Silent Films Ranked

Alfred Hitchcock progressed through the ranks of the British film industry as an inter-title writer, production designer and assistant director. That apprenticeship served him well when Michael Balcon at Gainsborough Studios gave him the opportunity to direct. His technical competence and his desire to experiment is evident in his early films. His experience shooting on location in Europe, a common practice for British filmmakers, also gave him the chance to rub shoulders with the likes of F. W. Murnau and Fritz Lang. The imprint of those German masters, as well as the knowledge of Soviet montage, is all over his early work. He was one the few directors in England at the time to use extensively abstract, metaphoric imagery in…

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  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog


  • The Farmer's Wife


  • Downhill


  • The Ring


  • The Pleasure Garden


  • Champagne


  • The Manxman


  • Easy Virtue