Lodger, The: A Story of the London Fog, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1927) / Region A
Lodger, The: A Story of the London Fog, The: The Criterion Collection

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Lodger, The: A Story of the London Fog, The: The Criterion Collection

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 directional 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 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. In the release, The Lodger is accompanied by Downhill, another silent for 1927 that explores Hitchcock's "wrong man" trope, also headlined by Novello - making for a double feature that reveals the master of the macabre as he was just coming into his own.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added May 17 2017
  • Production Year 1927
  • Empire SKU 1900620
  • UPC Code 715515198813
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


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


  • Audio
    English DTS-HD 5.1
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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