The LodgerDirector: Alfred Hitchcock, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney
While the silent The Lodger was not director Alfred Hitchcock's first film, it was the first to truly deserve the designation "A Hitchcock Picture." British matinee idol Ivor Novello plays Jonathan Drew, a quiet, secretive young man who rents a room in a London boarding house. Drew's arrival coincides with the reign of Terror orchestrated by Jack the Ripper. As the film progresses, circumstantial evidence begins to mount, pointing to Drew as the selfsame Ripper. In addition to Novello's 1932 remake, The Lodger was remade in 1944 with Laird Cregar, then again in 1953 as Man in the Attic, with Jack Palance as Jonathan Drew.
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|Ivor Novello||The Lodger/Jonathan Drew|
|Marie Ault||Mrs. Jackson, her mother|
|Arthur Chesney||Mr. Bunting|
|Malcolm Keen||Joe Betts, the Policeman and Daisy's Fiance|
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The Lodger is one of my favorite silent films. However, previous PD editions usually have an atrocious picture due to horrible prints. This edition presents an excellent picture. Great care has been taken to make the image as pristine as can be. The extras are also above average. This is the definitive edition of this film.
Not only is this a great film from the silent era, but it is also considered to be the first true "Hitchcock" film, in the sense of style and content. I couldn't agree more. This has nearly all the elements people would come to find from his films afterward, but especially the most important two: murder and suspense (with particular emphasis on suspense). Hitchcock knew how to build it, and it is especially impressive to see in a silent film, where there are basically JUST the visual elements to rely on. A great example is a scene where the Lodger is leaving the house at night. Although we are not 100% sure of his intentions, we feel pretty strongly that he shouldn't leave the house. We watch as he sneaks his way downstairs, arousing the attention of a fellow tenant. In further Hitchcockian fashion, we then find ourselves implicated in this situation, as we begin to hope that the Lodger will make it out without being caught! So as far as story and filmmaking quality go, this has enough going for it. It's not high art, but most of Hitchcocks works weren't. It's simply what Hitchcock does best: a very well made thriller. Regarding the DVD, there are really no complaints here. The picture quality looks great (especially for a film that old). The new soundtrack is quite fitting. It nicely blends elements with more modern movie scores with the feel of silent era orchestration. The commentary track is fun, and there are several other tidbits for Hitchcock fans like myself, including audio clips from interviews with Hitchcock himself. So, all in all, if you're a Hitchcock fan, or a silent movie fan, I would definitely recommend this movie. However, if you find yourself unable to watch silent films (which is unfortunate, because you're missing a lot of great movies), this one probably won't bring you around.
Good show to watch.