Blog Post #1

A motif that occurs in both The Lodger and Blackmail is the symbolism of shadows on the characters faces; this motif will eventually be a part of defining Hitchcockian style. In The Lodger, the Lodger had a shadow of a cross across his face, and it didn’t just symbolize the cross in Christianity. This symbolized the possibility of him being two faced or a conflict about to arise.  In the latter movie,  Crewe has a shadow of a sinister mustache on his face. This shows that he is not the gentleman he appears to be, but a villain.

lodger                                            blackmail

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