Gotham-based distributor Milestone Films has acquired two short fiction films made by Alfred Hitchcock in 1944 that were banned and have remained unseen for nearly 50 years.
“Bon Voyage” (26 minutes) and “Aventure Malgache” (31 minutes) were produced in England, in the French language, with theater troupe the Moliere Players for the British Ministry of Information as part of the war effort.
Conceived as tributes to the French Resistance, the films were banned after being labeled “inflammatory.”
The British Film Institute, historian David Pierce and Milestone Films have convinced the British government to unshelve the two suspense films.
Milestone plans to book them theatrically in North America on a program with a classic World War II documentary (to be selected), before their video and laserdisc release this fall.