By 1954, Alfred Hitchcock was well-established as cinema's master of suspense, but the legendary filmmaker continued to innovate, whether by shooting a film entirely in ten-minute takes (1948's "Rope") or by working with the then brand new 3D technology in his1954 adaptation of Frederick Knott's stage play "Dial M for Murder."
The film has been digitally remastered and is screening at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek, 13729 Research Boulevard in Austin Saturday and Sunday, January 19th and 20th at 4 p.m. and Wednesday January 23rd at 7 p.m. Reserved seating is available at drafthouse.com.
From the Alamo blog: "Shot in 'Natural Vision,' a format that introduced the world to 3D cinema in 1953 with titles like Arch Oboler's 'Bwana Devil' and André de Toth's 'House of Wax,' Hitchcock's tale is a drawing room thriller, a story of domestic horror that is born from within...Ray Milland portrays Tony Wendice, an ex-tennis pro who gives up fame and fortune for the woman he loves, Margot Mary Wendice (the inimitable Grace Kelly). Upon learning that his wife is engaged in a torrid affair with an American crime-fiction writer [Robert Cummings], who then shortly thereafter pays the married couple a personal and unwelcome visit, Tony becomes filled with anxiety, jealousy, and intense rage. He crafts a brilliant and devious plan to strike back against his unfaithful wife, but nothing quite goes as planned. 'Dial M for Murder' shows what happens when the perfect murder goes perfectly wrong."