How nice it is to make plans as detailed and as perfect as possible. I know what it feels like when all the elements are thought up even the time is taken into account. Watching this movie is like reflecting on my life. But still can't believe it when u have a whole plans but something makes screw up and become out of the way supposed to be
The unbelievably beautiful Grace Kelly - probably the most gracious, intelligent, independent, gorgeous, fashionable and camera-loving starlet that Hitchcock ever had steals the show as a wife bound for murder. Witty dialogue and the script takes some good twists and the moment when Grace Kelly's hand reach for our help is still the best 3D effect ever put on film.
One of the finest murder mystery screenplays there is - brought to life with exceptional direction - but the real star of the show is Ray Milland who comfortably walks through every plot twist, enjoying himself whether he's victorious or doomed. And that's the key reason why the audience can connect with someone who is otherwise connectable only for hard case sociopaths.
Re-watched. Compelling how Hitchcock made a real film out of a play. That is with stunning visual ideas, like this shot-reverse shot on Kelly when she lies (her eyes hesitating between the inspector and her husband behind him) or those two kisses in the beginning to tell all about adultery in an eye-blink. Great rhythm, tension, and witty dialogues that reminded me of Lubitsch. Almost a variation on "Rope".
Milland plays the psychopath well, Kelly is just gorgeous from beginning to end (one of her best roles also), and Hitch crafts a film that is quite unique in his canon, in that we know who the killer is and why, but the real cat and mouse game is can he get away with it. Not particularly suspenseful, but delightfully psychological. A must see