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Published on September 27th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley


Hitchcock’s Champagne Restored and Live Online!

Here’s a fascinating opportunity to take this evening – a screening of a restored version of Alfred Hitchcock’s silent comedy Champagne, streamed live online by the BFI this evening with a new score by the award winning Mira Calix.

Alfred Hitchcock, one of cinema's greatest directorsThe 1928 movie starred “British Mary Pickford” Betty Balfour and has long been considered one of the maverick director’s worst movies. Following its original release Variety dismissed Champagne, the reviewer feeling that “The story is of the weakest, an excuse for covering 7,000 feet of harmless celluloid with legs and close-ups”.

Below is our email from the BFI:

A millionaire feigns ruin to teach his feckless daughter a lesson in Hitchcock’s newly restored silent comedy. Thanks to on-demand digital arts service The Space, audiences across the UK will be able to watch this restoration premiere.

Developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC, The Space provides an online window onto the wealth of cultural experiences being offered this summer as part of the London 2012 Festival, the wider Cultural Olympiad and beyond. Available free via the internet, smartphones and connected TV, The Space is bringing the best of an extraordinary summer of arts directly to people’s homes and handsets.

Champagne will be streamed live during the event at the BFI Southbank, accompanied by the premiere performance of a new score for the film by award-winning composer, Mira Calix.

Watch Champagne online!

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Christian Cawley is the editor and founder of Cult Britannia, part of the Atomic Media network of sites that also includes, the popular Doctor Who news site. While not watching British cult TV, Christian enjoys a good read and some classic rock music.

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