Again we return to the work of the famed and spectacular Alfred Hitchcock, this time on one of his most famous and highest grossing pictures. Known for pushing the boundaries of what was deemed acceptable at the time, and essentially inventing the over the top murder scene we are used to today in one of the most celebrated deaths in cinema history.
The film opens with a women who wants to run away with her lover but is unable to due to financial reasons, so she steals money from her boss which she told was going to be banked for him, before escaping the city with the money. We are lead to believe that this woman is actually the main protagonist of the film, due to the plot thus far entirely focusing on her activities, which escalate in illegalness up until the point she is swiftly murdered on screen, yes, just like that she is murdered in front of us by a mysterious figure. After being the focus of the movie for an entire 30 odd minutes she is removed from the rest of the film.
This is the beginning of a series of miss directions the film points us towards, who we thought was our protagonist is taken away suddenly, and we are left confused, but suddenly the perspectives change, oddly we are shown the entire clean up scene of the murder, which starts to fill you with hope, hope that the man leaves no trace of the crime, you suddenly are on the other team because you think this man wasn't involved in her murder. “Hitchcock’s masterful filming of this scene cannot be overstated. Using two cameras, multiple close-ups, over 50 cuts and a good deal of chocolate syrup, he crafted in just three minutes one of the most terrifyingly realistic murder scenes ever shot on film” (Dwyer, 2007)