The lodger

The lodger

a story of the London fog

DVD - 2017
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This haunting silent thriller tells the tale of a mysterious young man who takes up residence at a London boardinghouse, just as a killer who preys on blonde women, known as the Avenger, descends upon the city. The film is animated by the palpable energy of a young stylist at play, decisively establishing the director's formal and thematic obsessions.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]
Edition: Special edition Fullscreen version
ISBN: 9781681433189
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (91 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in.,stamping
video file,region 1
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Jul 25, 2017

"The Lodger" - Hitchcock says this is the first film he directed the way he wanted and there are shots and themes that he would use throughout his life. I've seen deteriorated copies of this film, but this fully restored version is the first that I have seen all the way to the end. This set also includes "Downhill" AKA "When Boys leave Home" which I have not as yet viewed. It is supposed to include the same typical Hitchcock theme, but it has been imposed onto a fairly weak plot not of Hitchcock's design. The supplements help explain the reoccurring themes, shots and methods that Hitchcock would employ throughout his life.

Nov 14, 2013

Hitchcock's third film, often called the first true Hitchcock film. Silent and in black and white (with blue, gold and red tints), it has the familiar innocent men wrongly accused theme, as well as blonde women. The story is loosely based on Jack the Ripper. A little slow, but is strikingly filmed and atmospheric. Maybe his most German-influenced film.

Sep 27, 2012

Beautifully filmed with the mark of Hitchcock's genius at the beginning of an illustrious career. It also showcases the themes he returned to again and again - a man wrongly accused, the blond ice princess, and the older man whom we cannot respect. While giving us one of the first glimpses of the obsession with stair cases, his cinematography was mesmerizing. One of the best examples of silent cinema.


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