The Lodger

The Lodger

A Story of the London Fog

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A rash of murders causes a family to be suspicious of their tenant, a man who seems fascinated with their daughter.
Publisher: [United States] : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox, 2008
Edition: Fullscreen ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 16, 2019

With this 1927 "Alfred Hitchcock" production being from the silent-era of (British) movie-making - I really did try to cut it some serious slack. Yep. I sure did.

But, with that said - There are just some films from that period in movie history that I simply cannot endure and "The Lodger" was definitely one of them.

Not only were the annoyingly affected and downright hammy performances of several of the actors beyond being reasonably tolerable - But, this particular story about a London-based serial killer was handled by Hitchcock in such a ridiculous fashion that I gave up on taking this one's nonsense seriously after the first 15 minutes.

Apr 09, 2019

British filmmaker, Alfred Hitchcock was only 28 years old when he directed this 1927 silent-era, serial killer movie. And, even back then his keen interest in killing off blondes was already quite apparent (as is clearly evident here in this early picture's sordid story of panic and murder).

IMO - This is definitely one of those oldie/moldie movies that (in order for one to fully appreciate it from a historical perspective) they really have to be willing to cut it a helluva lot of slack. It's true.

Featuring lots'n'lots of hammy and affected performances by all of its cast members - It was especially actor, Ivor Novello whose portrayal as the "Lodger" ranked right up there as being the most cringe-worthy one of all. (You've really gotta see it to believe it)

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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