With his third feature film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, Alfred Hitchcock took a major step toward greatness and made what he would come to consider his true directorial debut. This haunting silent thriller tells the tale of a mysterious young man (matinee idol Ivor Novello) who takes up residence at a London boardinghouse just as a killer known as the Avenger descends upon the city, preying on blonde women. Screening as part of I/O Fest weekend, The Lodger is animated by the palpable energy of Matthew Gold and Paul de Jong, decisively establishing the director’s formal and thematic obsessions with their live musical accompaniment. Free. Accessible seats available; for information, call 413 549 0524.
In 2023, the Clark celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Manton Research Center building. We’re filling the calendar with a year-long series of events celebrating the building’s architecture and all the activities that happen inside, as well as the remarkable support of the Manton Foundation. Image: The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, Alfred Hitchcock, 1927