Hitchcock's Champagne (1928)
On September 27th, The Space streamed Alfred Hitchcock’s newly restored Champagne (1928), live from the BFI Southbank in London. The film was presented with a specially commissioned score by composer Mira Calix.
The film will not be available on demand. You can visit our Alfred Hitchcock collection, which includes four films specially commissioned by The Space which explore his directorial debut, The Pleasure Garden (1925) plus a 1966 interview from the BBC Archive.
Father-daughter tensions arise when a millionaire, suspecting his playgirl daughter’s fiancé is a gold-digger, pretends the family fortune is gone. A bubbly comic parable built around Balfour’s effervescent energy, the film is an early example of Hitchcock’s long-term fascination with the foibles of the filthy rich.
Presented with a premiere performance of a new score by one of the UK’s most exciting, award-winning composers, Mira Calix. Having begun her career exploring electronic music through a series of critically acclaimed releases on iconic UK independent label, Warp Records, Mira Calix’s work in recent years has incorporated classical orchestration for installation pieces, film soundtracks, theatre and opera.