Considered the first true Hitchcock film by many (and by Hitchcock himself), this was the “master of suspense” in his first foray into the thriller genre. Ivor Novello plays a mysterious tenant who may be implicated in a series of Jack the Ripper-style murders; his performance dares the audience to suspect an attractive man of unspeakable crimes.
The film’s style is marked by both the long shadow of German Expressionism and by Hitchcock’s own visual ingenuity, as in the famous sequence of the lodger pacing in an upstairs room, shot through a floor of glass. This is Hitchcock at his most innovative - a true masterpiece that's not to be missed.
Original score composed and performed by Hollywood organist Dean Lemire on the mighty Wurlitzer - Beverly Ruth Nelson Memorial pipe organ.
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