9 thoughts on “Movie Review – Lodger, The: A Story Of The London Fog

  1. You can see from your description of the film's story and style as well as the images how the film was a precursor to the sensibilities that would make Hitchcock so great. The story itself is reminiscent of films he would go on to make – it's clear he knew what he wanted to do even as a young filmmaker. In one sense, given his great visual style, he was a perfect fit for silent movies. Its incredible that he was able to take that ability and make it work when sound became inevitable. It's a shame Chaplin couldn't do the same.
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    1. What you\’ll notice in weeks and months to come, Dan, is how The Lodger is something of an abberation in Hitchcock\’s early work. Tomorrow\’s review of The Pleasure Garden, for example, has a note that many of his other silent films (at least, those I\’ve seen) didn\’t seem to have the…. how shall I say this… enthusiasm? Visual style?…. that The Lodger seemed to have in spades. Almost like an M Night Shyamalan – comes out swining early, then can\’t seem to back it up in later efforts. Of the films I\’ve viewed thus far, none of his other silent films have come close to the impact The Lodger had on me…. Make of that what you will, but it\’s an interesting facet to Hitch\’s early career – we all know how successful and amazing his later films are, but I suspect many aren\’t aware that a lot (at least to me) of his really early stuff is still him feeling his way into the industry, honing his craft, as it were. It\’s fascinating to watch.

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