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Alden Theatre to Screen Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Blackmail’

The Alden Theatre in McLean is launching its 2014-2015 “Classic of the Silent Screen” series with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Blackmail.” The little-known film will be shown at the McLean Community Center, located at 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Tickets are $8 for Dranesville Small District 1A residents and $12 for everyone else.

Made in Britain in 1929, “Blackmail” was produced at the end of the silent film era, the beginning of the rise of “talkies.” Hitchcock made two versions of the film – one silent and one with sound – which became his last silent film and his first talkie.

A 16 mm film edition of the lesser-known silent version, which features Czech actress Anny Ondra, John Longden, Cyril Richard and Donald Calthrop, will be shown at The Alden.

Composer Ben Model will improvise a live score on the piano while the film plays and film historian and preservationist Bruce Lawton will share silent film history and information about the movie. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit