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Hitchcock Films Revived For London Olympics

Written by: FFT Webmaster | July 22nd, 2011

Details on the cultural activities that will accompany the 2012 Summer Olympics in London are emerging. Word comes from the British Film Institute that two early, rarely seen silent films from the “master of suspense” Alfred Hitchcock will be part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Festival next summer. THE LODGER, Hitchcock’s first success d’estime from 1926, will be presented with an original score by musical giant Nitin Sawhney, to be performed by him with the London Symphony Orchestra. Daniel Cohen, a promising young composer recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, has composed a new score for THE PLEASURE GARDEN (1925), which will be performed by the Academy Manson Ensemble.  The special presentations are part of the BFI’s fundraising campaign Rescue the Hitchcock 9, whose ambition is to restore the early works of the film master and bring them to renewed life on the big screen.  The live performances (more of which will be announced in the coming months) will take place at venues across London and will be followed by a complete Hitchcock retrospective at the BFI Southbank in the Fall. For more  information, visit: www.bfi.org.uk

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