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HItchcock's Experimental Film
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2017
The amazing thing here is that Mr. Hitchcock actually created an experimental work, released to the public disguised as a standard film. It's not a whodunit--we see who the culprits are in the first scene. The only mystery is, are they going to get caught. More interestingly, breaking of the fourth wall is a genuine technical tour de force, with the camera(s) gliding past the seeming narrow doors gliding from living room to foyer to dining area in one smooth take. I also was aware of the ceilings that may have had to be swung away to provide for the technical crew. The drama kept the viewer's attention throughout, even with the limited "one room" set, with the close ups carefully placed for maximum impact. The cast was uniformly fine, working in perfect synch with one another. Hume Cronyn's adaptation of Arthur Laurent's script was smooth and balanced. Mr. Hitchcock had total control of the production, with everything from set to costuming worked to perfection. Finally, the technicolor lent a air of east side penthouse glamor to the otherwise sordid action of committing the perfect murder of "an 'inferior.'" A true classic worthy of multiple viewings.