DVD - 2006
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Two friends strangle a college classmate and then proceed to invite his family and friends to dinner after they stuff the body inside a trunk to be used for the dining table. One of the guests, their teacher, suspects foul play and returns later to discover not only the body, but also how his own academic theories had been twisted to provide the motivation for the grotesque murder. Based on the real-life Leopold-Loeb murder, Hitchcock's study of total mise-en-scene construction was shot entirely on a single sound stage.


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Two friends strangle a college classmate and then proceed to invite his family and friends to dinner after they stuff the body inside a trunk to be used for the dining table.

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May 23, 2021

Sort of average people doing average dinner party stuff. Hitchcock liked to play with the technical possibilities of film like the continuous shooting in ‘Rope,’ perhaps not caring a lot how effective the final result was (it may have helped sustain dramatic tension here). The real problem with this project is Stewart’s inability to act with subtlety, bludgeoning supposedly advanced ideas with his stumbling hick delivery, while it might have been brilliant with James Mason in the role as originally planned. Still mostly succeeds as a daring experiment. . .as daring as the perfect murder? Not merely murder but ‘IT,’ as the commentary says. Unknown Farley Granger probably sacrificed his future acting career by this kind of debut, although Hitchcock cast him as the hero in ‘Strangers on a Train.’ Overall fairly impressive, but how one wishes Stewart were in the box.

Dec 15, 2020

A tense tale of murder and suspicion. I liked how it was filmed and acted. The one major drawback is that it got quite preachy in the end.

Aug 07, 2020

did not like it--a one act play

Jul 30, 2020

Very bold film by Hitchcock given its status as one of the earliest known LGBT films!

Worth a watch!

Jun 29, 2020

If Hitchcock ever reached his stated goal of playing his audience like a piano, this is the film in which he did it best. A masterpiece on the level of "Psycho" and "Vertigo". Stewart plays a much smaller part than in "Vertigo". Note the length of unbroken shots (if you have the distance to notice).

Dec 17, 2019

” filmed like it was on a stage” is never good, and I'm not a fan of that fake 1960s acting style. By modern standards, nothing here is shocking to see on tv, and worst of all I was bored.

Apr 29, 2019

most famous for the film experiment of one continuous take; a director's conceit, perhaps. don't believe me? watch carefully for the cut which never occurs.

Apr 27, 2019

Unique in many ways with dialog overlay and subtle changes of light. Each vivid character has their own story. It was the 2nd viewing that I truly saw John Dall's portrayal as that of a serial killer in the making.

Jan 04, 2019

I liked this movie and the way Jimmy Stewart actually plays a role that is so different then his typical roles like in, "It's a Wonderful Life". I find this movie to pack a lot of information about the idea's of murder and the different arguments against and for murder. I noticed how the arguments made were so close to be parallel to the arguments of WWII and Hitler. Maybe I got the idea of making a comparison with WWII as Jimmy Stewart was a bomber pilot during WWII. A well worth movie to watch.

Jun 30, 2018

Banned from several theatres upon its initial release due to a great deal of implied homosexuality not to mention allusions to justifiable genocide, Alfred Hitchcock’s first colour film remains one of his best—a dark and unsettling study of one upper class sociopath’s evening of psychological games. Famous for being filmed entirely on one indoor set (true) using one continuous take (not true) this is definitely one of Hitchcock’s more striking productions with a voyeuristic camera smoothly gliding from room to room, seemingly in real time, as it follows first one character and then the other. Masterfully directed, Hitchcock manages to make eighty minutes seem like an entire evening’s worth of tension and suspense starting with the murder itself and ending with a somewhat ingratiating homily perhaps meant to dispel some of the film’s more controversial elements. A fine ensemble piece which plays out like live theatre.

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May 29, 2020

Brandon Shaw: "I've always wished for more artistic talent. Well, murder can be an art, too. The power to kill can be just as satisfying as the power to create."

Apr 29, 2012

Phillip Morgan: "Rupert only publishes books HE likes... usually philosophy." Janet Walker: "Oh. Small print, big words, no sales."

Apr 29, 2012

Brandon Shaw: "Good and evil, right and wrong were invented for the ordinary average man, the inferior man, because he needs them."

Apr 29, 2012

Rupert Cadell: "You're quite a good chicken strangler as I recall." Phillip Morgan: "I never strangled a chicken in my life!"

Apr 29, 2012

Rupert Cadell: "Personally, I think a chicken is as good a reason for murder as a blonde, a mattress full of dollar bills or any of the customary, unimaginative reasons." Janet Walker: "Well, now, you don't really approve of murder, Rupert? If I may?" Rupert Cadell: "You may... and I do. Think of the problems it would solve: unemployment, poverty, standing in line for theatre tickets..."


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