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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

Blackmail 1929

  • Watched on Friday Jul 10, 2020 via Kanopy (2019 | Studio Canal | 1080p)
    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    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 as a 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.