Director: Alfred Hitchcock Run Time: 81 min. Release Year: 1948
Starring: Edith Evanson, Farley Granger, James Stewart, Joan Chandler, John Dall
In this charged thriller inspired by the notorious case of Leopold and Loeb, two Manhattan college friends (John Dall and Farley Granger) strangle a classmate for intellectual kicks and then proceed to invite his family and friends for dinner—with the body stuffed inside the trunk they use for a buffet table. Screen legend James Stewart costars in this macabre chamber piece, striking for both its daring queer subtext and experimental visual style, in which a series of elaborately choreographed long takes are carefully edited to create the illusion of one continuous shot.