The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)
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Loved it! Hitchcock was coming into his own here. The inter titles are just as fascinating as the movie! The sensualness of the love scene between the two leads is on par with his scene from TO CATCH A THIEF with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, many years later. Beautiful movie!
I've been watching all Hitchcock's silent movies, and The Lodger is by far the best of them. Although it is one of his first movies, and at least the very first one regarded as truly hitchcockean, it is brilliant. I'd dare to say he would take a few years to come back to such a level of awesomeness.
Before Hitchcock was Hitchcock, he made a number of silent films. Judging by The Lodger (1927), he was still Hitchcock. The story (remade a couple times) has a family start to wonder if the odd gentleman they've taken as a lodger is really the Ripper-like murderer roaming the foggy streets at night. And so is his interest in their daughter sincerely romantic or something more sinister? The techniques may be primitive, but Hitchcock still manages a number of inventive shots, and uses text cards in interesting ways. In contrast to the big budget affairs of Eisenstein and Lang, he's managing a lot of atmosphere and suspense with a restricted budget and very few sets. Great stuff, and for cinema buffs, it's prototypical Hitchcock in tone and subject matter. It's interesting to see how early his fascinations developed.
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This movie ranks #36 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
This movie ranks #54 in The Top 300 Silent Era Films
This movie ranks #58 in Silent but not Forgotten: The best silent films
This movie ranks #64 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #77 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #365 in They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?
This movie ranks #533 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #550 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #1017 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #1027 in The Criterion Collection