Posted by: offmotorway | July 15, 2011

London on Film – The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

One of London’s darkest hours, the Whitechapel Murders by ‘Jack the Ripper’ has been the subject of many films over the years, just has it has held a fascination for writers of both fiction and non fiction.  It was a novel by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes called ‘The Lodger’ published in 1913 which had the honour of being made into the first Ripper film in 1927.  This was a silent film directed by non other than Alfred Hitchcock and starring Ivor Novello, and it was in this film that Hitchcock made the first of his famous cameo appearances, as a journalist sitting with his back to the camera.  The book was adapted for film five times in total, but this early Hitchcock in which he began to explore the themes which informed so much of his later work, which is so fascinating.


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