considered hitchcock’s masterpiece by most, i find it to be a bit slow at times. the characters were tougher to pin down as “good” or “bad.” stewart is the clear protagonist, but his dark turn in the second part of the film makes the audience wary of him. the film deals with obsession, guilt, identity and the dark secrets we all have. it’s a twisted film in many ways and one of hitichcock’s darkest. along with the dream sequence, the ending is what really sets this film apart for me. it’s frightening and haunting and filled with emotions as disparate as hope, guilt, fear, love and anger. not nearly as entertaining as many of his other films, but one of the more powerful.