Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

W and F Film Service (UK)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)

The mysterious lodger living upstairs falls in love with the daughter of the house. Their developing romance gets in the way of a police detective who is also in love with her. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose in the neighborhood, and her parents convince themselves, and eventually the police detective, that their lodger is the killer. He is arrested but escapes with the help of the girl, but are recognized and chased by a mob who are intent on killing him. Hitchcock's first real success and the film that put him on the map is a well-paced, entertaining thriller with many ingenious camera shots. Just watch the lodger pacing on the glass ceiling! The "wrong man" theme would pop up over and over again in his later films.

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