1 August 2014, 22:00. "Strelka" Insitute, 14, bldg. 5A, Bersenevskaya Embankment (by invitations only)
UK 1927 108mins @20fps
The Ring will the opening film of the Moscow festival Hitchcock 9, and on this special occasion the screening will be accompanied by the music performance of the ensemble led by the award-winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch who is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes.
When the BFI approached me, I think they thought: 'Let's mix it up a little,'" said Kinch. "As a jazz musician and a hip-hop artist, I'm somebody melding the modern with the historical and the film does that too. It is tremendously resonant in the modern era by being set in a multiracial East London, and it offers a different take.
to the stereotypical view of relationships in those times. "Hitchcock claimed that, after The Lodger, this is the next ‘Hitchcock’ picture. The story is a love triangle between a fairground boxer whose lover falls for the charms of a professional fighter. This is Hitchcock's one and only original screenplay but its neatness and economy confirmed him as Britain’s leading filmmaker of his generation. Brilliantly evocative scenes set in the Royal Albert Hall underline Hitchcock’s love of London landmarks.
The Ring was Hitchcock’s sixth film as director and his first film at British International Pictures, and remarkably, his third film within a year. After directing Downhill and Easy Virtue, two stage adaptations, for the Gainsborough company, Hitchcock was frustrated and jumped at the chance to develop an idea of his own. Surprisingly, The Ring (1927) is Hitchcock’s one and only original screenplay, although he worked extensively alongside other writers throughout his career.
Colleagues at the studio were impressed by the neatness of Hitchcock’s script and its writer’s grasp of structure. What’s more, writing for silent films came naturally to a director who already thought in visual terms. He was much less comfortable with dialogue, which goes some way to explain why he took no sole writing credit in any later films.