Professional film reviewer. Licenciado in Literature. Expert in Buñuel, Kazan, Brando, Dean, Gothic fiction.
David Lynch's head is one crazy beautiful place. This short film is an early nightmare turned into art. Poetry with chalky feelings and no morning dews.
How was this possible in 1970? When Hitchcock was still the guidance to follow suit --remember Coppola's underrated Dementia 13 (1963) or Polanski's Repulsion (1965) and Rosemary's Baby (1968)--, Lynch retreated to more primitive impulses and began the development of a new kind of horror.
I can even see the seeds of Goth giving…
Essential Hitchcock, The Lodger is also important in silent cinema and movies in general. There's so much about it or coalesced into it, it almost seems trivial to notice such details as Alma Reville's cameo or that long close-up of Ivor Novello's lips gravitating towards the camera, which are indeed the very matter of this film, after all.
For starters, The Lodger is a first in virtually every regard. Hitchcock's best silent along with The Ring (1927), you could safely…