Alfred Hitchcock’s Downhill is now available to rent through the Criterion Collection on Amazon Instant Video.
“‘Here is a tale of two school-boys who made a pact of loyalty. One of them kept it—at a price.’ So begins Alfred Hitchcock’s melodrama about a young man’s fall from boarding school rugby stardom into an underworld of European poverty. Downhill grants early glimpses of Hitchcock’s stylistic hallmarks, and stars Ivor Novello, possibly the most popular male star in Britain in the era of its release.”
David Lean’s The Passionate Friends is now available for pre-order on the Criterion Collection’s iTunes channel.
"For the first of three films starring his bride-to-be, Ann Todd, the masterful David Lean adapted this dark, wistful drama from a popular H.G. Wells novel. Todd plays Mary, a heartbroken wife torn between the security of her husband (a remarkable Claude Rains) and her lasting love for a man she hasn’t spoken to in nine years (Trevor Howard, in a role reminiscent of his star turn in Lean’s Brief Encounter five years before)."
“Alec Baldwin for TCM interviews award-winning producer and Blue Note Records president Don Was, about The Beatles and their music and the movie A Hard Day’s Night (1964), before a screening at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood Saturday.”