• Director

    Alfred Hitchcock

  • With

    James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Cedric Hardwicke, Joan Chandler

  • USA 1948. 80min

  • Digital

  • Certificate


After strangling their classmate for kicks and inviting his family to dine in a room containing his corpse, two young men intellectualise their depravity over cocktails. The theatrical roots of Hitchcock’s chilling chamber piece – from Patrick Hamilton’s play – are brilliantly restricted to a claustrophobic single location. The (appropriately fake) illusion of a continuous long take, suggestive of ‘real’ time, amps up the tension as the drama unfolds.

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