It's more like an American film"  , although the film was undoubtedly also influenced by Hitchcock's exposure to German film-making techniques and style. Balcon had already arranged the second Gainsborough-Emelka production, The Mountain Eagle , and The Pleasure Garden waited to be shown to the trade until March , a month after production on the second film had been completed.
The film was first screened to the public at the Capitol in Haymarket, London, during the week commencing 12th April However, Gainsborough's distributor C. Woolf felt that The Pleasure Garden had no commercial appeal and apparently embargoed the film's provincial release for several months until after the success of The Lodger.
The film appears to have received a U.
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Most cinemas heavily promoted Virginia Valli's name whilst avoiding mentioning the film was a British production. Screenings were still being advertised as late as April As was often the case at the time, distributors would re-edit films and the surviving prints vary in length. In his book English Hitchcock , Charles Barr identified that the film's ending varies depending on the print.
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At some point, American film collector Raymond Rohauer took a print of The Pleasure Garden and re-edited it with replacement intertitles and this became the version initially available as a bootleg DVD and then, officially, as a tinted release by Network DVD in A second bootleg transfer , based on a European TV broadcast, is also in circulation and this appears to be closer to the original film with intact original intertitles.
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A little alarmingly, Hitchcock and his assistant director Alma Reville took their own honeymoon at the same spot 18 months after filming there. Hitchcock joined the film business as a designer of what were called "art titles", embellishing the title-cards with themed backgrounds and illustrations, and though they fell out of fashion under the doctrine of "pure cinema", when positioned with care they reduced the need for Hitchcock's dreaded "photographs of people talking" by cutting to the dramatic chase, and provided a kind of punctuation.
The sometimes florid originals, entirely absent from the home video version but happily reinstated here, help transform the picture. The Pleasure Garden was filmed by a British company with American stars at a German studio, and on location in Italy, and in a similarly international spirit the new print, though assembled by the BFI , contains material from five archives in four countries. It has long been said that The Pleasure Garden's first shots, which show an exchange of looks between a voyeur and the object of his desire — his point-of-view of her legs; her unease-inducing glare back — announces the Hitchcock we know.
The restored film introduces a Hitchcock we didn't.
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