Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder ★★★★½

One of the most exciting films in Hitchcock's oeuvre is this confined thriller about vindictive husband Ray Milland blackmailing an old college friend into murdering his wife Grace Kelly. Set almost entirely in the couple's apartment, the movie is marvelously precise, opening with a long dialogue scene that carefully lays out each detail of Milland's plan, and then dissecting each detail of the attempted murder and its aftermath. That intense focus on minuscule details pays off so well and effectively contrasted with both the blunt extended murder scene and an abstract flight of fancy like Kelly's condensed courtroom proceedings. Milland is extremely creepy, one of the great villains in Hitchcock's body of work.

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