Lent: Part 15

The Lodger (1927) – I’ve said before that Alfred Hitchcock is at his best in his later, big-budget Hollywood movies, but The Lodger holds up. There’s a 2009 remake with Alfred Molina, the guy from The Mentalist, and Hope Davis, but that remake’s trailer looks exactly as bad as that description makes it sound.

Anyway, The Lodger, this version at least, manages to build and sustain a level of suspense I didn’t expect from an old silent movie. Hitchcock really knew how to get good performances out of his actors, and the editing of this movie keeps things moving in a way uncommon of movies of that era.

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