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Film 50: History of Cinema

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
3:10 p.m. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
Alfred Hitchcock (U.K., 1926)

Lecture / Emily Carpenter
Live Music / Judith Rosenberg on piano
Digital Restoration!


Hitchcock called his third feature “the first true Hitchcock movie.” His first foray into the thriller genre, The Lodger introduced the “wrong man” theme (not to mention the obsession with “golden curls”) that would recur throughout his career. Ivor Novello plays the mysterious tenant who may be implicated in a series of Jack the Ripper–style murders; his performance dares the audience to suspect an attractive man of unspeakable crimes. The film’s style is marked by both the long shadow of German Expressionism and Hitchcock’s own visual ingenuity, as in the famous sequence of the lodger pacing in an upstairs room, shot through a floor of glass.

—Juliet Clark

• Written by Hitchcock, Eliot Stannard, based on a novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes. Photographed by Gaetano di Ventimiglia. With Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney, June Tripp, Ivor Novello. (90 mins, Silent, B&W, DCP, Restored by the BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Network Releasing and Park Circus Films, From Park Circus)