Alfred Hitchcocks Blackmail is one of the directors most intriguing early works. Shot in 1929 in his native England, the film tells the story of a woman who murders a guy who tries to rape her after she goes to his apartment. She covers the crime, but her boyfriend cop -- assigned to the case, natch -- soon discovers the deed. A threatening witness, who wants some cash to keep quiet, adds to the suspense.
Blackmail is touted as Britains (and Hitchcocks) first sound movie, but it actually exists in two versions: the more famous talkie one and a silent edition, which Hitch helmed first. The Cleveland Cinematheque shows the latter tonight, with live accompaniment by Bostons Alloy Orchestra. The ensembles dizzying blend of frantic percussion and electronic noise bursts should add even more tension to the tidy thriller. www.cia.edu for more information.
Sat., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2007