Rope ★★★★½

"Oh, he was thrilling in that new thing with Bergman. What was it called now? Something of the something. No, that's the other one. This was just plain Something."

Purchased two Blu-ray boxes containing a total of 14 films by the master of the macabre, Alfred Hitchcock, of which I've only seen about a third.

Starting with Rope as the first pick among the unseen, I'm certainly off to a magnificent re-entry into the suspenseful realm of the Hitch.

An extraordinarily well-written powder keg of a motion picture driven by its characters, their wonderfully dynamic interactions and the psychological weapons and mischief commonly employed by the darkly intelligent. I also take away that I've seen far too few plays in my life.

The only thing missing, which would have made it impeccable, was an elaborate and unasked-for analysis of the discography of Huey Lewis and the News. Or something equivalent to its era. I don't know enough about music prior to Motown to attempt such an analogy.

Entered lists:

Ranked Directors: Alfred Hitchcock

Top 10 of the Decade: 1940-1949

Top 200: My All-Time Favorite Films

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