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652 Ratings

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United Kingdom, 1927
Drama, Crime, Mystery


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.

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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Not surprising, then, that [Hitchcock] looked back on The Lodger with affection, calling it “the first true Hitchcock movie.” Not only is it a suspense thriller but it foreshadows, in a good many of its plot details, themes and preoccupations that are now recognized as key elements of Hitchcock’s cinematic world
June 27, 2017
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Nonetheless, the murder of one of the Golden Curls dancers (Eve Gray) shows Hitchcock at his suspenseful best… The scene unspools like any fateful encounter, building from the stage door to a secluded square where Gray fumbles with the undone buckle of her shoe. The dreadful build-up and horrible end to this scene, perhaps the best of the film, reflects the economy with which Hitchcock can terrify an audience.
August 14, 2013
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The “story of the London fog” is no whodunit, the mystery is really a MacGuffin to be solved off-screen. No, Das Ewig Weibliche Zieht Uns Hinan is the theme, beauty protected and destroyed, shot fittingly with a Germanic eye for Murnau and Lang. A world of shadows and staircases and manacles, where death arrives at a debutante’s ball via the flip of a light switch. Yet how dreary “normalcy” is, how strongly the fear of the unknown goes together with the yearning to step into the beast’s lair.
September 25, 2010
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