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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

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Hitchcock's first critical and commercial hit gets a re-release

A Jack-The-Ripper-style murderer preys on young blonde women in fog-bound London in Hitchcock’s silent 1926 thriller, his first commercial and critical hit.

Digitally restored and accompanied by a terrific Nitin Sawhney score, The Lodger sees the director drawing on German expressionism to conjure up his own brand of "pure cinema".

Make allowances for Ivor Novello’s hammy acting as the mysterious lodger wrongly accused of the killings, and relish instead Hitch’s intuitive grasp of visual storytelling.

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