A masterpiece of suspense from the silent era, easily one of the most underappreciated works Hitchcock ever gave to audiences. The beginnings are all here; expressionistic fandom, hypnotic camerawork, a classic scenario that Hitch used numerous more times in his career, and some excellent acting to boot. Ivor Novello's engaging, trance inducing stare is as freaky as Lugosi's in Dracula. A must see.
Early gem from Hitchcock, and it's remarkable how much of his M.O. was already in place. Unlike Lang, he finds some humor and romance in the idea of a city gripped by hysteria, and he would return to the idea in a more satisfying form nearly 50 years later with Frenzy. Crowning Hitchcockian touch: the hero and villain both have the same fetish. But for a Hitchcock film, it's all in how you release it.
One of Hitchcock's earliest films, it shows off many of his traits in future films. The film guides you into a very specific way to make you think one thing, until the final moments of the film when you will put into a very different way of looking at what has come before in the film. Ivor Novello is perfect as the eerily creepy lodger while the added suspense to his character makes for a great watch.
I love silent films, and Alfred Hitchcock is no exception with a very good reason. The film is made visually stunning and had some innovative moments (for example when it was possible to see the lodger walking in his room due to the noise he made).
The vocal songs in the remastered version was something completely new. At first it was disturbing, but it hightligted the scenes brilliantly.
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.