The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog

1927

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock – Written by Eliot Stannard

Starring: Ivor Novello, June, Malcolm Keen and Marie Ault

Bliss, finally a re-release worth spending some money at the cinema over. What was with Titanic 3D? And those moronic sorry excuses for humans who firstly thought it was a new film and secondly didn’t know it was based around a piece of history. Three cheers if they made you hate humanity just that little bit more, hip hip, what a load of cunts.

I’m not a Hitchcock fan on the whole, his films have simply never struck a chord with me, but of course I, along with everybody else, am aware of the acclaim this man gained through his work. This 1927 silent piece however, is the jewel in his crown. Lodger is described as Hitchcock’s first film – by himself included – but is actually his third feature; they do this because it’s the first that introduces the themes and motifs the Hitch later became synonymous with, especially from the auteur theory fan boys. Cheating me thinks.

Alfred Hitchcock unfairly gets mountains of credits for all of his films where everybody else is simply forgotten. For Hitch’s work in the silent era we must make a nod toward Eliot Stannard, this is a writer with an outrageous talent to tell stories in a purely visual way without the safety blanket of the now over used dialogue.

As for the film itself, it is loosely based on Jack the Ripper, The Avenger terrorises London by targeting blonde women in the night. During this time, The Lodger (Ivor Novello) rents a room and begins taking a liking to the owners’ blonde haired daughter; of course suspicion rises.

A vintage who done it that is really a staple for those interested in film, especially the Hitch fans out there. Search it out and catch it in a cinema whilst you can, not often you get the chance with classics.

7/10

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