The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

Alfred Hitchcock

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (Criterion Blu-Ray)

27 Jun 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United Kingdom
  • 1927
  • 91 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Spine #885

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 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 this release, The Lodger is accompanied by Downhill, another silent from 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.


The lodgerIvor Novello
DaisyJune Tripp
The landladyMarie Ault
Her husbandArthur Chesney
JoeMalcolm Keen


DirectorAlfred Hitchcock
Produced byMichael Balcon and Carlyle Blackwell
By arrangement withC. M. Woolf
Screenplay byEliot Stannard
From the novel byMarie Belloc Lowndes
Cinematography byGaetano di Ventimiglia
Assistant directorAlma Reville
Art directorsC. Wilfred Arnold and Bertram Evans
Editing and titling byIvor Montagu
Title designs byEdward McKnight Kauffer

Disc Features

  • 2K digital restoration, with a new score by composer Neil Brand, performed by the Orchestra of Saint Paul’s and presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray
  • Downhill, another 1927 feature directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Ivor Novello, in a 2K digital restoration and 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 and 1972)
  • 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

    New cover by Geoff Grandfield

Other Editions

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (Criterion DVD)

27 Jun 2017


2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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