Rope ★★★★½

To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to commit murder and get away with it.

Sharp editing is often the key to achieving peak suspense in a film — Hitchcock proves that, sometimes, all you need is a few long tracking shots to keep the audience on the edge of their seat — in this case, 10. There are only 10 cuts throughout this entire 80 minute edit.

Unlike many modern films that attempt the same, Hitchcock didn’t do this to gloat, and his intricate staging an camera choreography are proof of that. The camera moves in a manner that makes it a director in its own right, subtly dictating how the audience should react and feel to this ill fated attempt by two pompous characters to keep a dark secret.