High Treason, September 10
Joel Adlen on Piano. The story of an underworld jewel thief betting on his own powers of seduction is a showcase for beautiful locations-and beautiful Ivor Novello, the "British Valentino."
Joel Adlen on Piano. "In tracing Novello's humiliation at the hands of a succession of women, this may be the earliest example of Hitchcock's alleged misogyny. It is, however, the inventive formal devices that you will remember, notably in the scenes of drug-induced delirium."-National Film Theatre
Judith Rosenberg on Piano. Turn-of-the-century working-class Britain seen in immaculately restored actualities. Discovering these was "equivalent to the finding of Tutankhamen's tomb."-U.K. Guardian
Jon Mirsalis on Piano. Anthony Asquith brings a fresh and modern approach to a tale of romantic rivalry, with imaginative visuals that depict the London Tube in an Expressionist light.
Jon Mirsalis on Piano. Britain's answer to Metropolis features videophones, TV news, a Channel tunnel, terrorists, arms dealers, and preemptive war-this 1929 vision of 1950 looks a lot like 2005.