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The Lodger [VHS] [1927]

4.1 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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  • Actors: June Tripp, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney, Malcolm Keen
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Alfred Hitchcock, Eliot Stannard, Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Producers: Carlyle Blackwell, Michael Balcon
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D0EZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,583 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Alfred Hitchcock described this, his third feature, as the first to display the patented Hitch 'touch' (it was also the first to feature a cameo by the director). The foggy streets of London have fallen prey to the 'Avenger' - an unknown killer whose victims are all blonde women. When a handsome lodger (Ivor Novello) arrives at a local boarding house, his suspicious behaviour leads to him being accused of the crimes and hotly pursued by a lynch mob out for justice. But is he really guilty? Joby Talbot of the Divine Comedy provides a new musical score for this restored version of the film.

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Although Alfred Hitchcock had made two movies before The Lodger, he told François Truffaut that this was his first true film. And indeed, The Lodger contains elements that would appear again and again in the Master's later, more famous creations. It boasts the first of the famous "wrong man" plots and contains the first sequence in which handcuffs play a significant role. If your eye is quick, you will also catch the first of Hitchcock's famous cameo appearances (he actually appears on-screen more than once).

The Lodger is also one of the first memorable pictures about the hunt for a serial killer. Terrified women and strange masked men walk the streets of London in a movie whose visual style was influenced by the German expressionists. In one tense sequence, the ceiling of a room becomes transparent and a character can be seen pacing back and forth on the floor above. The climactic chase is one of the most exciting Hitchcock ever filmed. This taut early film is a fine introduction to the silent cinema as well as to one of the world's greatest and most entertaining filmmakers. --Raphael Shargel

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