The Lodger – Hitchcock & Nitin Sawhney

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Network Releasing will issue a new soundtrack of the silent Alfred Hitchcock classic THE LODGER, composed and performed by acclaimed, multi-award winning musician and composer Nitin Sawhney with the London Symphony Orchestra. The soundtrack will be available to own on 23 July 2012, RRP £12.99 and coincides with a world premiere of a digital restoration of THE LODGER. This has been lovingly restored and will screened in conjunction with the new score at the Barbican on 21 July 2012 courtesy of Network Releasing and the BFI.

Alfred Hitchcock’s first thriller, “The Lodger: The Story of the London Fog” was made in 1926 and written by Eliot Stannard. It stars matinee heartthrob Ivor Novello as a mysterious lodger suspected of being the serial killer known as the Avenger, who has a taste for young blondes. He rents a room at the Brownings’, whose daughter happens to be dating the detective investigating the murders. Made for the then newly created Gainsborough Studios THE LODGER was heavily influenced by the German expressionist movement and films such as “The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari” and “Nosferatu”. Such inspiration can be seen in Hitchcock’s stylized angular shots and heavy use of light and show, which are designed to reflect the mental states of the characters. THE LODGER has been digitally restoredfrom the existing negatives and is set for theatrical release on 10th August 2012, followed by the Blu-ray and DVD in September 2012.

Talking about the new score Sawhney says, “I always hoped to follow in the footsteps of the great Hitchcock composer, Bernard Hermann. He has been one of my major heroes and influences since I was a kid. What I find amusing is that, since I am scoring a silent Hitchcock film from 1927, Bernard Hermann will now posthumously follow in my footsteps instead! As a long serving judge for the Ivor Novello awards I was delighted to be scoring the one Hitchcock film that features Ivor Novello himself. A film that has all the earmarks of a genius director making his first foray into the world of suspense, this is a gift to score and I am enjoying the process more than I even imagined. I can’t wait to hear the London Symphony Orchestra play it.”



The world premiere of the newly restored The Lodger, with the live score performed by Nitin Sawhney and the London Symphony Orchestra will take place at The Barbican on July 21st.

EDIT – Here is the artwork…


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