Pleasure Garden, The

(2012)

by Daniel Patrick Cohen

Description
Silent film score (film directed by Alfred Hitchcock)
Duration
90
Genres
Film & TV, Silent Film
Instrumentation
0.0.2 cl in Bb (I+II=cl in A + bcl).asax(=tsax).1 – 1.0.0.btrbn.0 – perc(1): drum kit/cowbell/vib/xyl – pno – vln.vla.vlc.db
Commission
Commissioned by PRS Foundation for Music
First Performance
28.6.2012, London 2012 Festival, Wilton's Music Hall, London, UK: Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble/Christopher Austin
Availability

Score and parts for hire (hire@fabermusic.com). Restored DCP film print available from the BFI: bookings.films@bfi.org.uk

Programme Notes
The Pleasure Garden Original score: Daniel Patrick Cohen Starring: Virginia Valli, Carmelita Geraghty, Miles Mander Director: Alfred Hitchcock Production Company: Gainsborough Films (1925) Duration: 90 minutes Film Print: DCP B & W print available from the British Film Institute (bookings.films@bfi.org.uk) Premiere with Cohen’s score: 2012, London, UK 12 Players: 0.0.2 cl in Bb (I+II=cl in A + bcl).asax(=tsax).1 – 1.0.0.btrbn.0 – perc(1) – pno – vln.vla.vlc.db Alfred Hitchcock’s directorial debut, made when he was 25, follows the love lives of two dancers at a London nightspot. The diverging lives of two dancers are told in melodramatic style in Alfred Hitchcock’s debut feature. One becomes a major star, while the other stumbles into a marriage with a dangerous womaniser, who cheats on his wife when abroad in an unnamed colony. Although set in London, the film was shot in Germany and on Lake Como. The opening sequence anticipates the some of the elements that characterised his later work, as the camera lingers on the legs of a group of chorus girls, a spectator leers and the viewer is implicated in the voyeurism. Hitchcock insisted his handwritten signature be featured in the credits, claiming, “Actors come and actors go, but the name of the director should stay clearly in the mind of the audiences”. The British Film Institute supplies the restored print of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Pleasure Garden (1925). bookings.films@bfi.org.uk Tel: +44 20 7957 8938/8935

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