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The lodger : a story of the London fog

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Two-DVD special edition


Silent film, with English intertitles and added orchestral music.


Ivor Novello, June Tripp, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney, Malcom Keen.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2017]


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"A restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Network Releasing and Park Circus Films"--Opening titles.

From the novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1927.

Special features: 2K digital restoration, with a new score by composer Neil Brand, performed by the Orchestra of Saint Paul's ; Downhill, another 1927 feature directed by Alfred Hitchcock and 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 adn 1972) ; radio adaptation of The Lodger from 1940, directed by Hitchcock ; new interview with Brand on composing for silent film.

This haunting silent thriller tells the tale of a mysterious young man who takes up residence at a London boardinghouse, just as a killer known as the Avenger descends upon the city, preying on blonde women. The film is animated by the palpable energy of a young stylist at play, decisively establishing the director's formal and thematic obsessions.


  • Lodger
  • Downhill.
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