View Full Version : The Lodger(1927)
10-25-2002, 06:31 PM
A ok to good Hitchcock silent feature, which first utililizes theses that would reoccur in Hitchcock's films over and over again. The idea of the wrong man being accused happened by accident because Hitchcock wanted to end the film differently than what was on the final version. Shows some of the skills and interesting elements that would appear in his sound films where he would improve as a filmmaker.
10-25-2002, 09:58 PM
I'm not too fond of Hitchcock's silent films but this one is the best. I really wish he would have remade this instead of THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, although I guess the studio wanted another Hitch/Stewart film. I'm not sure Stewart would have been to good as Jack the Ripper. :)
10-28-2002, 01:11 PM
Of course, when the 1944 version was remade, Fox had to go back to Hitchcock to get remake rights, because he'd purchases the novel's film rights. I love the novel; LOVE IT. No version is really that much like it. But the 1944 version IS a lot more like the novel than the silent Hitchcock film, which takes it out of the realm of the Ripper and makes the villain the Avenger. But don't get me wrong, I still love the Hitchcock film; it certainly creates an aura of suspense. A version was also made in Britain in the early 30s, which is pretty dull. And as THE MAN IN THE ATTIC, again by Fox, in the horror-starved early 50s (this time starring Jack Palance). A similar version, based on a Marghery Allingham play, was made by Hammer and titled ROOM TO LET.
10-28-2002, 09:19 PM
THE LODGER is one Hitchcock film I'd love to see. It's a silent film but in the clips from it that I saw, Hitchcock even back then showed that he was a master storyteller and all the techniques he used in that film would show up again in his later films. The use of character/actor body language was quintessential to all of Hitchcock's films. Not to mention the prevailing theme of an ordinary man (or woman, as is sometimes the case) thrown into extraordinary circumstances. That's why he's always going to be the Master of Suspence.
10-28-2002, 10:15 PM
You can get the LaserLight DVD on Ebay for around $4. LaserLight released 2 box sets, both you can find at Best Buy for $45. Cheaper on Ebay.
10-29-2002, 11:35 AM
And those Laserlight DVDs are actually pretty good quality, too.
11-16-2002, 03:08 PM
Tonight: Golden Curls
Some interesting moments, like the shots through the glass floor, and embryonic use of the double-pursuit/wrong man narrative. Still stands up well compared to e.g. Rich and Strange IMHO
04-27-2005, 04:06 PM
A film that deserves a good legit DVD release.
06-07-2009, 02:25 PM
I would love to own The Lodger on DVD, but what's the best dvd to get nowdays?
06-07-2009, 04:17 PM
The MGM/Fox DVD is superb quality! Here's a comparison (the MGM one is the last screenshot on the page): http://www.hitchcockwiki.com/cgi-bin/compare.pl?compare=08f
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