EASY VIRTUE
1927, British Film Institute, 69 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

This adaptation of Noel Coward’s play skewers high-society hypocrisy with a couple of familiar faces from the director’s DOWNHILL, Isabel Jeans and Robin Irvine. Suspected of adultery, Larita Filton (Jeans) is divorced by her husband and flees the scandal for France, where she meets a young man (Irvine) unaware of her past. They marry, but soon Larita’s reputation as a woman of “easy virtue” returns to haunt her.


DOWNHILL
WHEN BOYS LEAVE HOME
1927, British Film Institute, 105 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Popular composer and performer Ivor Novello cowrote the play upon which this drama was based, and he stars as Roddy Berwick, a top rugby player at a tony English boarding school. Roddy takes the blame for his best friend when a local girl both had dated gets pregnant, and his life goes downhill from there. Told with minimal intertitles, this silent benefits enormously from Hitchock’s visual panache.


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