Hitchcock’s Silent Films Find Place In UNESCO Memory

Alfred Hitchcock AimsLondon: (ANI) Alfred Hitchcock`s nine silent films are now added to the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register. The register “reflects the richness of UK culture and history, from medieval manuscripts to ground-breaking cinema,” the BBC reported.

The online catalogue, which highlights documentary heritage holding cultural significance specific to the UK, was created in July 2010. The current collection, which includes The Bodleian Library`s Cura Pastoralis of Gregory, will be joined by eleven items, selected from UK libraries, archives and museums have been selected this year to join.

The British Film Institute (BFI) spent three years restoring nine silent Hitchcock films, made between 1925 and 1929, ahead of their premiere at the London 2012 Festival last year.The films include debut feature `The Pleasure Garden` and boxing drama ` The Ring`.

However, a tenth film made during the period, ` The Mountain Eagle ` (1926), remains lost. The Hitchcock 9, cited as a blueprint for the director`s best known post-war films such as Psycho and Vertigo, are currently being screened across the US.

Vertigo replaced Orson Welles`s Citizen Kane at the top of the British Film Institute`s Sight and Sound magazine poll as the greatest film of all time, last year.






Silent Films Catch Cinegoers Attention At Mumbai Film Fest

Mumbai: (IANS) Eleven silent films from the 1920s, including `Raja Harishchandra` and `Sati Savitri`, were screened Wednesday at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival. One film, `A Throw Of Dice`, was accompanied by a live orchestra.

“The highlight this year was restored silent films. `Throw Of Dice` was screened with a live orchestra. It was an 80-minute film and it was outstanding,” Swati Rohatgi, a film enthusiast, told reporters. To mark 100 years of Indian cinema, four films of Dadasaheb Phalke — “Kaliya Mardan” (1919), “Shri Krishna Janma” (1918), “Lanka Dahan” (1917) and “Raja Harishchandra” (1913) — were screened.

The other films were Baburao Painter`s “Sati Savitri” (1927) and “Murlivala” (1927), Kalipada Das`s “Jamai Babu” (1931), G.P. Pawar`s “Diler Jigar” (1931), P.V. Rao`s “Marthand Varma”(1931) and Franz Osten`s “Shiraz” (1929) and “A Throw Of Dice” (1929).

“It was a great idea to screen silent films. The festival should show more silent films,” said writer-journalist Ranjib Mazumder.