The Pleasure Garden is a 1925 silent film, Alfred Hitchcock's first film as director. It is about the lives and loves of 2 chorus girls. I'm finding it interesting to see the efforts of major directors before they became major, and it's fun to see elements that appear in later films. There's a spiral staircase in the opening scene, for example, and the Hitchcock blond is featured.
The Guardian has an article on the history and restoration of the film. SilentFilm.org says, "The Pleasure Garden is a treatise on voyeurism, sexual politics and the gap between romantic dreams and reality." DVD Beaver has some stills.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
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