Friday 12 March 1993
And perhaps the silent version is the finer of the two: certainly, many years later, Hitchcock, who always loved to tell his stories primarily through imagery, told Francois Truffaut: 'Silent pictures were the purest form of cinema . . . there was no need to go to the other extreme and completely abandon the technique of the pure motion picture, the way they did when sound came in.'
Blackmail is the latest example of a small revival of interest in composing new soundtracks for silent cinema. Another instance is E A Dupont's Moulin Rouge (set in the Parisian night-club), which also plays next week with a new jazz score by Mike Westbrook. From Berlin to Harlem has a slightly looser film connection - it's a menu of cabaret songs by Friedrich Hollander (composer of the songs for The Blue Angel), Mischa Spoliansky and Wilhelm Grosz. Jazz and the Silver Screen features some rarely seen short films from the Twenties with their original music, by the likes of Satie and Saint-Saens.
TV review Nick Hewer, the man whose eyebrows speak a thousand words, is set to leave The Apprentice
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food