All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.
One of the most innovative films of its time, Alfred Hitchcock's Rope introduces a number of filmmaking experiments which, even today, remain widely unexplored in the world of cinema. It is an immensely captivating tale of two men who strangle one of their acquaintances, hide his body in their apartment, and then throw a party to determine the perfection of their crime.
Filmed in a manner that gives the illusion of being shot in a single take, the biggest strength of this film is how effortlessly it manages to engage the viewers in its expertly crafted plot & sustain the tension throughout its runtime even when the audience is aware of how the movie will end. The direction by Hitchcock is…
Not Quite Hoop-Tober: Day 8
Double feature: classic genre-bending thrillers – part 1
Rope is a classic Hitchcock murder mystery best known for its inventive use of long takes and creative cutting to try to appear as a single, uninterrupted shot, and while some audiences may find this distracting, it effectively puts the viewer at the scene of the crime and creates a feeling of claustrophobia or entrapment, as if events are escalating out of control and there's nowhere for you to escape to—likewise, confining the action to a single apartment with a view of the New York skyline increases the anxiety of the situation by creating the sense that we're not allowed to leave (and it's this tense and…
Phillip: Brandon, you don't think the party is a mistake, do you?
Brandon: Being weak is a mistake.
Phillip: Because it's human?
Brandon: Because it's ordinary!
Without exaggeration, I think this may have been probably my tenth viewing of 'Rope'. It's a film that I can just never tire of, every time I watch the film I get caught up in Alfred Hitchcock's innovative mastery, and on this subsequent viewing not an inch of my admiration for the film or Hitch has at all faded.
Two friends orchestrate the murder of an old acquaintance who they believe to be ''inferior''. They throw a party the same afternoon to show the perfection of their crime, but things go awry when their…
Holy shit, I love this film.
Unconventional way to kick off a review, I know, but I can't help it. Rope is 80 quick minutes that are so perfectly paced, so perfectly executed that I couldn't help but be totally fascinated by the entire experience. The opening scene of the film shows two men, Brandon (John Dall) and Phillip (Farley Granger) as they are in the midst of murdering a man named David, and Brandon expresses no remorse due to his belief that they are superior human beings to David and thus should be entitled to eliminate someone inferior to them. They decide to make their own "perfect" crime far more risky and uncomfortable by inviting over guests for a…
Review In A Nutshell:
There was a time where I felt that Hitchcock had a distinctive formula with his storytelling, repeatedly utilising it with slight variations with each passing film. His 1948 film Rope, showed the director at his most experimental; a film that begins with the climactic high point and slowly de-escalates and shifting towards a more psychological and emotional study of its characters. Psychology has been present in many of Hitchcock's films, but they never jumped out and forced audience to take notice of them; here, he is slapping it on our faces but still manages to become compelling, thoughtful, and most importantly natural.
As I have said before, Rope begins with its climactic event, a man (David…
This certainly isn't a classic who-done-it. It's more of a modern will-they-get-caught. So much has been said of this film already, I would not dare revisit the plot points. In the interest of adding some fresh perspective, however, here are ten curious things viewers might not know about the Alfred Hitchcock murder thriller Rope.
1. The script was loosely adapted from a stage play called Rope's End by British playwright Patrick Hamilton.
2. The primary characters, Brandon & Phillip, are homosexual roommates, but in 1948 their relationship could not be made obvious.
3. This was Hitchcock's first film in color, and he had to reshoot many scenes because the hues were too bright.
4. The action was filmed continuously on ten…
Birdman isn't the first film to apply the artificial single take gimmick. And it certainly isn't the best. Hitchcock's Rope is a masterpiece of suspense, creating a wild situation whereby entitled shits think they can murder a man and get away with it, and choose to prove it in the most obnoxious way possible. The situation is classic Hitchcock, whereby the audience is let in on the secret, and for the next 90 minutes is subjected to the torture of waiting for the other shoe to drop. But what exquisite torture it is. James Stewart enters the film to be smarter, wittier, and ruder than everyone else, but still manages to be totally lovable. The premise is simple, but the execution is anything but, as Hitchcock gives the impression of one long, unbroken take as the story unfolds in real time. Nail-biting, technically marvellous, and a wonderful turn by Stewart makes this an exceptional and highly entertaining wonder.
An achievement in direction in this turn from Hitchcock. I won't touch on the obvious greatness on the long one-shot takes, except by saying they are great. Rope made me imagine what it would be like if we ever got to see a film based on the board game Clue, if it were directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rope is a great way to kill 80 mins. Among Hitchcock's finest achievements.
Wait, some people don't think this is a good movie? This is a very good movie!
Love Hitchcock and this is one of my faves.
The relationship between the two main characters Philip and Brandon is slightly homoerotic as well as sociopathic as they carry out the perfect murder. Or is it.
The long scenes and tension that builds once the party is in full swing is pretty brilliant. Especially as poor ex friend David is holding (so to speak) all their party nibbles and candles whilst cold in the bookcase. The best tension is when Mrs Wilson is tidying up and tries to replace the books back to the bookcase where there is no longer enough room to hold them!!
Brandon plays cool for the entire spectacle whilst Philip gradually looses his cool as paranoia grasps hold thinking everyone knows about the dirty deed they have done. Especially old teacher, Rupert!
One of my favourite Hitchcock films. Fantastic use of very few takes, Hitchcock would have done it in a single take if film reels were bigger in 1948. His vision only restricted by his tools. Masterful film from the master of suspense.
Enjoyably nasty slice of theatre from Hitchcock, loosely based on the Leopold and Loeb motiveless murder case of the twenties.
The characters are nicely drawn and played by the small cast, but coyness about the homosexual relationships at the centre of the piece is nowhere more evident than in the casting of James Stewart, who is simply out of place.
Hitchcock built the film from reel-length single shots, a challenge that delivers variable results. It’s effective in drawing the audience into the room, especially at suspenseful moments, but the edits are generally clumsy and attract unnecessary attention.
Ultimately, in both plot and execution, the film comes across as a technical exercise with its mechanics laid bare for the audience’s delectation.
This is why Hitchcock is king. There are so many great choices involved here, and the most notable is its use of long takes. It'd have been quite a fascinating gimmick but Hitch turns it into a vehicle to add tension and trap its audience into a confined setting, feeling like a more omniprescent guest at the party. I'll also the praise the running time - 80 minutes was just the perfect amount of time. It is perfectly paced and manages to tell the whole story; but a little longer and it would have turned tiring due to its one-setting nature.
Another interesting one is how the film begins with a sort of climax and proceeds to cool off, until…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I find it a little strange that most reviews focus on the technical aspects, as I find the philosophical question at the center of the film (whether intellectual superiority trumps morality) far more interesting. It's a shame that Rupert spells out every little nuance of this in painstaking detail in the final scene. It's WAY(!) too blunt for my taste, but it's not a dealbreaker, and being that this is Hitchcock, the surface-level suspense doesn't disappoint. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised.
Technically brilliant, tense, tight film revolving around a murder with a purely philosophical motive. With Jimmy Stewart, arguably the most engaging person to speak in front of a camera.
Quite simply what isn't there to absolutely love.
Sometimes appreciating old films is like admiring a spitfire for being ahead of its time and a leap forward in the story of aviation. Seeing a film like Rope is like stumbling across a modern stealth fighter in a photograph taken during the second world war.
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- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game