The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)
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While the silent The Lodger was not director Alfred Hitchcock's first film, it was the first to truly deserve the designation "A Hitchcock Picture". British matinee idol Ivor Novello plays Jonathan Drew, a quiet, secretive young man who rents a room in a London boarding house. Drew's arrival coincides with the reign of Terror orchestrated by Jack the Ripper. As the film progresses, circumstantial evidence begins to mount, pointing to Drew as the selfsame Ripper. In addition to Novello's 1932
Jun 10, 1928 Wide
Apr 2, 1994
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The picture has a very, very excellent begining, a mediocre middle and a most deplorable ending. A minor fault is that its running time is about fifteen minutes too long.
Not a great film, but a remarkable one, with Hitchcock at his most 'innovative.'
Though the story has been remade many times, Hitchcock's silent version (his third work) holds up well, bearing the director's distinctive vision; he said his career relly began with that picture
Even with its obvious debt to German Expressionism, The Lodger has Hitchcock hallmarks. It's the master's first film to suggest a certain kind of fun and games as well as thrills.
This restoration of Hitchcock's 1926 silent melodrama offers a gripping prehistory not just of his own work, but the Hollywood thriller itself.
One for Hitch fans, one for thriller fans, one for cinema fans. Do not miss.
Make allowances for Ivor Novello's hammy acting as the mysterious lodger wrongly accused of the killings, and relish instead Hitch's intuitive grasp of visual storytelling.
Hitchcock's third film is his first suspense movie, and thus the first real "Hitchcock" movie.
Quite effective early Hitchcock thriller.
Superb silent thriller
The first film that truly showed what Hitchcock was capable of creating.
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