Norah Baring in UNDERGROUND, the Anthony Asquith silent which forms the subject of this fortnight’s edition of The Forgotten, over at The Notebook.

Meanwhile, The ’68 Comeback Special continues at Apocalypse Now with a new essay by Scout Tafoya on Alexsandr Zarkhi’s ANNA KARENINA. Check it!

You can buy UNDERWORLD here:

6 Responses to “Norah”

  1. Tony Williams Says:

    So, it’s finally available? I’ve been waiting for it sometime. Ah, those long lost days of politeness with Tommy Atkins and Jack Tar competing with each other to offer a lady a seat! I remember a working-class guy on a Swansea bus in the late 50s commenting to his mate on a boy who did not “rise to the occasion.” saying “If my father saw that he’d have hit that lad off his seat!”

    Norah appeared to suffer from sound but not as tragically as Lilian Hall-Davies. She is great in COTTAGE FROM DARTMOOR but when she speaks in MURDER! her voice is excruciating RADA. I try to look at her facial expression where her powers as a silent film actress are in play to better effect.

  2. I’ve added a link you can click to buy it. Yes, there was a long wait between the restoration and a few cinema dates in London, and the rest of us having a chance to see it.

    Norah does get some good brooding in Murder! but the whole film is pretty stiff, coming from that period between Blackmail and The Secret Agent when Hitchcock seemed to founder, or flounder (with a few bursts of inspiration).

  3. Tony Williams Says:

    Thanks. It does have some imaginative moments as well as the death’s head superimpositions on hero and heroine (see William Rothman here)

    “Any answer to that, Sir David?”

  4. David Boxwell Says:

    The footage on BFI’s “trailer” reminds me of the opening of Hitch’s RICH AND STRANGE (32) in terms of tone and theme.

    Puffin’s films are a gold mine for those of us Americans who are fascinated by the “problematics” of English masculinity: TELL ENGLAND (30), THE BROWNING VERSION (51), LIBEL (59) and so on and so forth.

  5. It’s definitely a similar world to R&S, with the pleasure of seeing a familiar English landscape made strange by Germanic distortions.

    I really ought to watch my copy of The Browning Version, at least for the acting.

  6. Tony Williams Says:

    Yes, UNDERGROUND is very impressive. I’ve just watched it on a certain site.

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