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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)(The Criterion Collection) Blu-ray
 
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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Blu-ray
Criterion | 1927 | 92 min | Unrated | Jun 27, 2017

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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)(The Criterion Collection) Blu-ray

On hearing reports of the seventh murder by "The Avenger", Daisy decides to stay with her parents. She is being courted by Joe, a detective, who gets suspicious when her mother rents a room out to a lodger — to whom Daisy is attracted. While the lodger is out, Joe takes the opportunity to search his room — there he finds a gun, some press clippings of the killings and a map of the murders...

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Marie Belloc Lowndes, Eliot Stannard, Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Marie Ault, Ivor Novello, Arthur Chesney, June Tripp, Malcolm Keen, Reginald Gardiner


The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

With his third feature film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, Alfred Hitchcock took a major step toward greatness and made what he would come to consider his true directorial debut. This haunting silent thriller tells the tale of a mysterious young man (matinee idol Ivor Novello) who takes up residence at a London boardinghouse, just as a killer who preys on blonde women, known as the Avenger, descends upon the city. The film is animated by the palpable energy of a young stylist at play, decisively establishing the director's formal and thematic obsessions. In this edition, The Lodger is accompanied by Downhill, another 1927 silent exploration of Hitchcock's "wrong man" trope, also headlined by Novello—making for a double feature that reveals the great master of the macabre as he was just coming into his own.

Special Features:
- 2K DIGITAL RESTORATION, with a new score by composer Neil Brand, performed by the Orchestra of Saint Paul's
- Downhill, director Alfred Hitchcock's 1927 feature film starring Ivor Novello, in a 2K digital restoration with a new piano score by Brand
- New interview with film scholar William Rothman on Hitchcock's visual signatures
- New video essay by art historian Steven Jacobs about Hitchcock's use of architecture
- Excerpts from audio interviews with Hitchcock by filmmakers François Truffaut (1962) and Peter Bogdanovich (1963)
- Radio adaptation of The Lodger from 1940, directed by Hitchcock
- New interview with Brand on composing for silent film
- PLUS: Essays on The Lodger and Downhill by critic Philip Kemp

STREET DATE: JUNE 27.

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