* The Lodger - The First 'Hitchcock' Film - 1927, silent movie

For those of you who are participating in the film scoring of Alfred Hitchcock's 1927 film, The Lodger, here are some helpful links:

         The entire silent film with no music or sounds
          The entire silent film with music.  The above link is to Part 1 of a playlist.  For some inexplicable reason, the playlist has parts 1, 2, 3, and 5.  Part 4 is here:  The Lodger - Part 4. I think this might be a fairly recent score, newly composed in honor of Hitch.  If anyone determines which score this is - the year and the composer - please let the rest of us know!
           An interesting excerpt with a newly written score by David Amrein, Don Meyer, and Meg Golembiewski.  Notice what a different feeling is created by the two scores.  How do the two interpretations differ, and how does that affect the movie?
           The most successful film composers are those who understand all the nuances of the film.  Herrmann's Vertigo is an example of a score that reflects the many layers of meaning of that brilliant film   This article will give an even deeper understanding of The Lodger.

           Many people have written new scores for this classic film and many more will do so in the future. Good luck with your own scoring project!!

Here is more information about the film:


          The Lodger is Hitchcock's first thriller.

           London is beset by a series of Jack-the-Ripper-style murders.  The perpetrator calls himself "the Avenger" and has a penchant for  golden-curled girls.

          With the crime spree ongoing a lodger (Ivor Novello) rents a room in the Bunting family home.  He is a quiet man whose behavior is unusual.  (Novello's over-acting accounts for some of this).  He requests that the paintings of golden-haired girls be removed from his room;  they get on his nerves.  He keeps odd hours.  He paces endlessly back and forth.  Sometimes he slips out quietly in the dead of night.

          Mrs. Bunting (Marie Ault) notices that her lodger's most recent nocturnal excursion coincides with the latest Avenger killing.  Worse, her daughter, Daisy, (an actress known professionally as "June") appears to have fallen for this mysterious man.  And Daisy is a golden-haired girl.

          Daisy's affection for the lodger not only worries Mrs. Bunting, it absolutely enrages the girl's fiancé, Joe (Malcolm Keen).  Oh, and Joe just happens to be a police detective recently assigned to the Avenger case.  Jealousy combines with suspicion and Joe obtains a warrant for the lodger's arrest. 

           Police arrive at the Bunting home and arrest the lodger.  He escapes, still handcuffed.  Though innocent--of being the Avenger, at least--he is tracked down by an angry mob and nearly torn to pieces.

          The real Avenger is caught, clearing the lodger.  He and Daisy live happily-ever-after, as producer Michael Balcon demanded of a reluctant Hitchcock, who wanted the lodger to indeed be the Avenger.

          The following quotation is from Donald Spoto's The Art of Alfred Hitchcock: Fifty Years of His Motion Pictures:

"The Lodger is in every way a remarkable achievement, and it justified Michael Balcon's continuing confidence in Alfred Hitchcock's talent. Witty, visually inventive, genuinely disturbing despite its conventions, understated and economical (especially in its use of dialogue intertitles), it withstands multiple viewings and is virtually a textbook for Hitchcock's later work. There is, most of all, his favorite theme: an innocent man wrongly accused of a crime."his favorite theme: an innocent man wrongly accused of a crime."

The Lodger


Production: Gainsborough, Michael Balcon, 1926. Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Scenario: Alfred Hitchcock and Eliot Stannard, from the novel by Mrs. Belloc-Lowndes. Director of Photography: Baron Vintigmilia. Sets: C. Wilfred Arnold and Bertram Evans. Editing and subtitles: Ivor Montagu. Assistant Director: Alma Reville. Studio: Islington. Distributor: Wardour & F., 1926, 6 reels, 7,685 feet.   Principal Actors: Ivor Novello (the lodger), June (Daisy Bunting), Marie Ault (Mrs. Bunting, her mother), Arthur Chesney (Mr. Bunting), Malcolm Keen (Joe Betts, the policeman, Daisy's fiancé).

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