Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder ★★★★★

Usually gets dismissed as a shallow exercise in plotting (forgivable since this has to be the most airtight thriller plot in all of film), but every time I watch it I'm struck by how great it is as a character study of a psychopath. Watch the scene where Tony kisses his wife goodbye (for what he believes will be the last time), all the more chilling because of how clearly she loves him even though he's incapable of connecting with other people. Harsh stuff, and it doesn't really have anything to do with the plot.

And I maintain that the murder sequence here is one of the best sequences of Hitchcock's entire career.

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