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Friday, April 30, 2010

The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog (1927)

Perhaps the first true Hitchcockian film as we’ve come to know the term. Alfred Hitchcock’s tale of a mysterious lodger in a rooming house who becomes a prime suspect in the serial murders of young blonde girls is full of Hitchcock touches, many he would re-use over again. It’s a silent film which allows Hitchcock to devote himself to such visual flourishes as the justifiably famous glass floor shot and the lovers’ first kiss. The famous composer and performer Ivor Novello plays the lodger of the title, the solitary named June is the mannequin he’s in love with, Marie Ault and Arthur Chesney as her parents and Malcolm Keen as her policeman suitor.

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