This is probably the earliest example of what we call a "Hitchcockian" film, and it is a first in many aspects, for which it must be celebrated, but the script is disappointing really. It tries to surprise us with the final answer to the initial question (is he the killer?) and even if we are surprised, that's not how Hitch does it in his best pictures. No Suspense in that.
Déjà le récurrent thème hitchcockien du faux coupable, dans un film génial et de bout en bout surprenant et envoûtant. Quelques plans inoubliables font de cette oeuvre mythique, une production exceptionnelle où se marient avec délectation l'angoisse, l'humour et le suspense... www.cinefiches.com
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.
3 1/2. Very effective thrill picture about a guy who may or may not be a killer who also falls in love with a woman who's mother think he's a killer. Surprisingly very romantic film as well. Hitchcock coming into his own with a glimmering residue of his Eisenstein influence. Excellent movie.
There's a killer on the loose in your area. He wears a scarf around his mouth. He only kills blonde women. You also wear a scarf around your mouth. You also ambiguously pursue a young blonde woman. You carry a handbag containing a gun, a map of all the places where the murders occurred, newspaper clippings, and a photo of one of the victims. You're not very smart. Early Hitchcock is pretty, but clunky and contrived.