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Rope (1948)

Rope (1948)
Rope was Alfred Hitchcock’s first film after his contract with tyrannical producer David Selznick was up after nearly a decade. It was also his first Technicolor movie and was based on Patrick Hamilton’s play “Rope’s End” which in turn was inspired by the real life infamous Leopold-Loeb murder case. The film opens with David Kentley, a Harvard undergraduate, being strangled by his “friends” from his prep school days Brandon Shaw (John Dall) and Philip Morgan (Farley Granger). Heavily influenced by their former house master’s Nietzschean belief in the right of “superior” beings to eliminate those whom...
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Man Hunt (1941)

Man Hunt (1941)
Loosely based on Geoffrey Household’s best selling thriller “Rogue Male”, Man Hunt tells the story of Captain Alan Thorndike (Walter Pidgeon), an English big game hunter who finds himself in pre-war 1939 Nazi Germany. He makes his way undetected by the SS guarding Adolf Hitler’s secure residence. Perched on a cliff with the dictator in his sniper’s crosshairs, Thorndike pulls the trigger and an empty click reverberates. Satisfied with what would have been a perfect shot, he is about to leave. But for whatever reason, (consciously or unconsciously to alter the course of history) he places a real bullet...
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