ROPE
1948, Universal, 80 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

This startling Alfred Hitchcock film was doubly daring for 1948: First, it risked depicting the Leopold & Loeb-like tale of homosexual lovers committing murder solely for the thrill. If that wasn’t enough, it told the tale in a series of long, 10-minute takes, unlike anything any director had previously attempted. Having passed over the heads of most audiences when originally released, the film is a revelation by today’s standards. With James Stewart, Farley Granger and John Dall (GUN CRAZY).


STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
1951, Warner Bros., 101 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

A chance encounter between tennis champion Guy (Farley Granger) and psychopath Bruno (Robert Walker) on a train triggers an unstoppable race toward double murder. Hitchcock’s classic thriller is a finely-tuned engine of suspense, taking barely a breath as it steams through a spine-tingling story of fate, coincidence, guilt and psychopathology - favorite themes of noir writer Patricia Highsmith, whose novel was adapted by the great Raymond Chandler. With Ruth Roman.


EYES OF LAURA MARS
1978, Sony Repertory, 104 min, USA, Dir: Irvin Kershner

Fashion photographer Laura Mars (Faye Dunaway) can see through the eyes of a wanted serial killer as he commits crimes. When she proves her unbelievable ability to Detective John Neville (Tommy Lee Jones), the two join forces to find the murderer - before the murderer finds Laura. A fascinating thriller from director Irvin Kershner. Theoni V. Aldredge’s late 1970s glamour costumes have become legendary, and designer Marios Schwab cited the film as an influence for his fall 2010 collection for Halston.


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