"The Lodger" - Hitchcock says this is the first film he directed the way he wanted and there are shots and themes that he would use throughout his life. I've seen deteriorated copies of this film, but this fully restored version is the first that I have seen all the way to the end. This set also includes "Downhill" AKA "When Boys leave Home" which I have not as yet viewed. It is supposed to include the same typical Hitchcock theme, but it has been imposed onto a fairly weak plot not of Hitchcock's design. The supplements help explain the reoccurring themes, shots and methods that Hitchcock would employ throughout his life.
Hitchcock's third film, often called the first true Hitchcock film. Silent and in black and white (with blue, gold and red tints), it has the familiar innocent men wrongly accused theme, as well as blonde women. The story is loosely based on Jack the Ripper. A little slow, but is strikingly filmed and atmospheric. Maybe his most German-influenced film.
Beautifully filmed with the mark of Hitchcock's genius at the beginning of an illustrious career. It also showcases the themes he returned to again and again - a man wrongly accused, the blond ice princess, and the older man whom we cannot respect. While giving us one of the first glimpses of the obsession with stair cases, his cinematography was mesmerizing. One of the best examples of silent cinema.
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