Alfred Hitchcock's Silent Films Added to UNESCO Register
LONDON -- Alfred Hitchcock’s nine surviving silent films have been added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's U.K. Memory of the World Register.
The register is part of a UNESCO program to support and raise awareness of archives. Hitchcock's films are among 11 items selected from the U.K.’s libraries, archives and museums to represent British heritage.
Among the nine titles are the filmmaker's first feature, The Pleasure Garden, and boxing drama The Ring.
Hitchcock’s earliest films have unspooled at events from Shanghai to Rio de Janeiro and from Cannes to London after premiering as fresh BFI National Archive restorations during the London film festival last year.
All nine films are scheduled to screen again at BFI Southbank in August and then Europe before traveling to the U.S. where they will be shown in major cities, including Washington, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as part of a national tour.
The UNESCO U.K. Memory of the World Register will now feature Hitchcock's silent films, included alongside the Domesday Book and other items spanning nearly 900 years.
It marks the third group of inscriptions to the UNESCO register, an online catalog created in 2010 to help promote the U.K.’s documentary heritage across the Britain and the world.