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In both The Lodger and Blackmail one visual motif that is used in both films is the shadows over the actors’ faces. This is done to denote the actor’s character or intent. In The Lodger we see the lodger looking out of a window causing a cross like effigy to be cast on his face. This motif is emulated in  Blackmail as we see the artist has the stereotypical villainous mustache cast on his face shortly prior to his attempt on our protagonist’s life.

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