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Sunday 20 April 2014

Hitchcock films part of 2012 event

Alfred Hitchcock's early films will be part of the 2012 build-up

Three of Alfred Hitchcock's earliest films will be screened complete with orchestral backing as part of the build-up to the London 2012 Games.

The rarely-seen silent movies will be shown as part of the London 2012 Festival.

Mercury Prize-nominated musician Nitin Sawhney will contribute a score to the 1926 film The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog, which will be performed by him with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Recent Royal Academy of Music graduate Daniel Cohen will compose a score for the 1925 film The Pleasure Garden, which was Hitchcock's first film as a director, and composer Tansy Davies has been commissioned to score another early work.

Sawhney, who described it as "a dream project", said: "Hitchcock is a director whose shadow any composer would be proud to stand in."

Hitchcock, who was born in east London, made his name in the UK before moving to Hollywood where he made a succession of classic films including Psycho, Rear Window and The Birds.

The British Film Institute has been restoring a series of his early silent films.

Its creative director, Heather Stewart, said: "Hitchcock is one of the great artists of the 20th century. His contribution to world cinema is immense. The BFI is thrilled to be able to bring Hitchcock's early films to the London 2012 Festival; they are the foundation of his whole body of work and new audiences will be able to enjoy them for the first time ever in all their restored glory and with new scores from an incredible mix of British musical talent."

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