Hitchcock steals from Lang —
SPELLBOUND and METROPOLIS, but which is which?
Now here’s THE RING and METROPOLIS–
Now two Hitchcocks, THE RING and ROPE ~
It’s like a mirror-reverse, with the piano on the left instead of the right. The towers of Manhattan are admittedly a different style from the city blocks of London, but blinking neon signs feature in both. The nicest touch in ROPE is the curving window, I think.
“It’s perfectly acceptable to steal from each other, what we must never do is steal from ourselves.” — John Huston in Welles’ THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND. Hitchcock, who remade one of his own movies, and was constantly refining and redeploying his tropes, would disagree.