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A still from Blackmail (1929)

Blackmail

1929 | United Kingdom | 85 min
  • Watched on Friday Jul 10, 2020 via Kanopy
    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Alfred Hitchcock’s first sound picture. A Scotland Yard constable covers for his girlfriend after realizing she’s implicated in a murder. The two then fall afoul of a blackmailer. Hitchcock shot this silent then added the sound scenes later and it shows, but his formal mastery is still amazing. Love the rack focus reflection shot in the opening sequence.