This is no mere experiment or "gimmick picture"; this is one of Hitchcock's greatest works ever. While the smooth execution of the long takes is certainly impressive, it's the details and nuances captured in those shots that's truly astonishing. Naturally, it's also highly suspenseful and I adore the way it challenges the taboos of its period with frankness and morbid humor. It takes many risks, and pays off, I feel.
A small scale but ambitious piece of filmmaking. The setting and narrative are tightly wound and supremely controlled. The performances are very theatrical but they didn't feel out of place here, as it has the characteristics of a stage play. The camerawork is pioneering (you can see the impact this had on many modern filmmakers) and subversive.
Hitchcock was exceptional at manipulating structural elements of the narrative, like time and space, in order to generate tension.The illusion that this was all filmed in one take -it actually wasn't and you can notice the cuts -makes it feel claustrophobic and similar to a theater stage. It is obviously a technical experiment but one that, to my mind,works perfectly. Freud and Nietzsche are also guests to this party
Narrazione magistrale che tiene lo spettatore col fiato sospeso senza mai rilassarsi, facendo provare le sensazioni dei due assassini. Viene fatta provare forte ansia grazie allo sfruttamento del nascondiglio del corpo. Inoltre i bei dialoghi rendono tutto fluido e naturale. Regia ottima e geniale che crea un finto unico pianosequenza. L'opera è tecnicamente eccelsa. Ottimi i tre protagonisti, funzionali i comprimari
Hitch's darkest film to date, a nice precursor to Vertigo and Psycho. The long takes are great and add to the tension of the already engaging one room drama script, making this one of Hitch's most successful films in his canon. Dall is great as a narcissistic asshole, Granger plays a nervous wreck well, and Stewart, who felt miscast, anchors the whole affair well with his calm directness. Essential viewing in my eyes