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A flamboyant spectacle near perfection
Based upon the Leopold and Loeb case and "the crime of the century", this little gem really got me hooked. All the way from the establishing shot, depicting ordinary things like a woman with a baby carriage, the tracking shot culminates in a mid-shot of the two culprits doing the thing which ultimately is the premise, and sets the stage, for the entire film.
What follows is a spectacle that incorporates a lot of elements and themes: What is human? Inhuman? What is the perfect crime? Is there a Nietzschian superhuman concept? Everything contained within a living room, in one single shot, and neatly packaged with fine actors (especially James Stewart) and quick paced dialogue. The climax and denouement are so unraveling that it makes up for some of the "chatter" before the "point of no return".
Having seen Farley Granger in Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, I was really looking forward to see him here. He did an OK performance, as the more androgynous and anxious part of the two "partners in crime".
Thus, it is not a classic whodunnit - we know who the culprits are two minutes in the film. Moreover, it is an effective piece of having the viewer knowing more than the persons on screen. The result is: SUSPENSE.