A serial killer known as “The Avenger” is on the loose in London, murdering blonde women. A mysterious man arrives at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Bunting looking for a room to rent. The Bunting’s daughter is a blonde model and is seeing one of the detectives assigned to the case. The detective becomes jealous of the lodger and begins to suspect he may be the avenger. —IMDb
Alfred Hitchcock has been the most well-known director to the general public since the 1940s – and he remains so in the 21st century, more than 25 years after his death. His name evokes instant expectations on the part of audiences around the world: of a memorable night of movie-watching highlighted by at least two or three great chills (and a few more good ones), some striking black comedy, and an eccentric characterization or two in virtually every one of the director’s movies across a half-century – and usually laced with a comical cameo appearance by the director himself.
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born into a devoutly Catholic family in London, and his religious upbringing – with its attendant issues of guilt – would have a powerful influence on the psychological underpinnings of his later work. He was trained at a technical school, and initially gravitated to movies through art courses and advertising. He studied the work of other filmmakers, most notably the German expressionists… read more
Notice how Hitch's sense of rhythm is fully developed even at this early stage. The contrast between the frantic opening sequence to the eery appearance of the lodger is a good example. The incredibly hypnotic kiss scene to the explosive escape sequence is another good one. These are the reasons I love movies!
The first true Hitchcock film as the master himself told Francois Truffaut, presenting his trademark themes and visual motifs such as the wrongly accused man, transference of guilt, murder and fetishization of blonde hair. The mise-en-scene of The Lodger demonstrates the silent German Expressionist film influence that Hitchcock acquired while working at UFA studies Berlin.