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Presented by Minima
Performance date and time
Friday, 18th January 2019
Set in a foggy and unsettled London with a Jack the Ripper-style serial killer on the loose, The Lodger was Alfred Hitchcock's first major commercial and critical success, an electrifying silent masterpiece of atmospheric thriller filmmaking.
'Acclaimed soundscapers' (Time Out) Minima capture the film's mood perfectly, its unmistakably spine-tingling live music clinging to each twist of the movie. A simply extraordinary evening. _________________________________________________________________
Pre-first world war London is being terrorised by a Jack the Ripper-style murderer, 'The Avenger', who targets young fair-haired women. A mysterious new lodger arrives at the anonymous boarding house of Mr and Mrs Bunting, and begins to entrance the landlady's pretty daughter Daisy - who is being courted by a Scotland Yard detective on the killer's trail. When the lodger begins behaving strangely, he attracts suspicion. With his mysterious nighttime excursions, might he not be the killer himself?
Made in 1926 for Michael Balcon's new Gainsborough studios, 'The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog' was Alfred Hitchcock's first thriller, and his first critical and commercial success, quickly establishing him as a name director. The film was shown to the press in September 1926 and described in glowing terms by trade journal Bioscope: 'It is possible that this film is the finest British production ever made.' It is also generally acknowledged to be the one where Hitchcock properly found his 'voice': that distinctive combination of death and fetishism, trick shots and music-hall humour, intense menace and elegant camerawork that assured his place among cinema's giants.
Starring the ambiguously appealing matinee idol Ivor Novello as the strange, tortured room-renter of the title, the film is also notable for the first of Hitchcock's characteristic cameo appearances, as a newspaper editor – he claimed his part was due to the non-appearance of a bit-part actor.
Minima's highly effective new Lodger score was written in 2014 and was the first to feature its expanded instrumental line-up: with drums, bass, guitar and cello now augmented to include double bass, dulcimer, synthesizer, mandolin and autoharp.
'Minima are one of the leading bands accompanying silent film in Europe.' Robert Rider, Head of Cinema, Barbican Centre, London
'Minima's unmistakably spine-tingling music clung to each twist of the movie… spellbinding accompaniment.' The Guardian
'A superbly sinister live score by the soundtrack group Minima.' Financial Times
'One of the coolest events… Minima capture the film's disturbing mood perfectly.' The Telegraph
Formed in 2006, this Bristol-based four-piece performs in cinemas and art centres, as well as music and film festivals, playing original live soundtracks to silent films. Its repertoire includes set scores to classic silents including the 1925 'Phantom of the Opera', featuring Lon Chaney, and German horror films 'Nosferatu' and 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari'. Highlights over the years have included performances at the Glastonbury Festival, the Barbican Centre, BFI Southbank and the Transylvania International Film Festival.
Cert. PG, 1927, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, 91 mins
★★★★★ 'The first true Hitchcock movie… gripping in its sheer brio and control.' The Guardian
★★★★★ Evening Standard (on 'The Lodger')
90 min + interval
£10.00 Standard / £9.00 Over 60 / £8.00 Student
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