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Blackmail

Blackmail (1929)

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Alfred Hitchcock's first sound film utilized the new sound technology in a rather creative way off-camera. Hitchcock's lead actress, Anny Ondra, had a strong Eastern European accent that was difficult for English audiences to understand, so Hitchcock's solution was to have British actress Joan Barry speak Ondra's lines of dialogue off-camera. The film concerns a woman who kills a man who tries to assault her. Ondra plays Alice White who, while having dinner in a fancy English nightspot with her

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Oct 12, 2004

Scott Entertainment

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That Blackmail has merits is admitted by all who have seen it.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A Teutonic experiment in ambiguity and an astringent comedy of wandering relationships, Alfred Hitchcock's first talkie offers scene upon scene of ingenious synergy of camera and meaning

February 17, 2014 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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It's a more than adequate though primitive murder mystery story that's enhanced by a series of marvelous technical innovations for its time.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Early British production by Hitchcock is entertaining.

January 10, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Horrific and dated....worth seeing from a strictly historical standpoint.

March 1, 2004
eCinemaCenter.com

Hitchcock's first talkie is still enjoyable if creaky.

March 1, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Blackmail

Interesting film. Often considered to be the first British "talkie", even though it was originally shot as a silent film then re-shot with sound, with the exception of one of the highlights of the film: the first 8 minutes. It's a nice police procedural, and the transition to sound is cool too. Other highlights include the chase scene at the museum and the "knife" repetition scene. The film is extremely British with the way it feels, too. That's just an observation though, and not necessarily a good or bad thing either way. This film is really good, but not without it's problems. It hasn't aged well, and the A/V quality isn't the best, and from time to time the film drags, but the positives (the aforementioned highlights) plus the cinematography, music, and Anny Ondra's performance more than make up for them.
December 21, 2011
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Chris Weber

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The master in his early days. Even for his first talkie, his visual style is just as brilliant in 1929 as it would be in later years. Whether it be the use of a curtain to disguise some foul play, his immaculate use of shadows, of the way his uses the lights to illuminate a characters overwhelming guilt, Hitch suggests more with a few frames than most directors do in an entire film. While the pacing isn't as streamlined as it would be in later films such as the 39 Steps, it is still fascinating to see just how ahead of his time he was even in the dawn of his career.
November 15, 2011
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Reid Volk

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On the one hand, the story is very simple, but slow and dragged out, which is kind of annoying, and the nothing is really resolved the way it should. On the other hand this movie is visually interesting, much like later Hitchcock films, and it's one of the first sound films too. Overall, it's interesting to see, but the story could be a lot better.
November 29, 2010
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