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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.
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…
Rope is another splendid thriller by Alfred Hitchcock, having great suspense as always and very interesting dialogues. This film never ceased to be entertaining and I really enjoyed the humorous moments here. The story also had a fine dramatic touch towards the end, escorted by intense confrontations between the main three characters. The whole movie occurs in only one location, but Hitchcock manages to create a really intriguing crime film with great performances all around and a truly unique story.
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…
Now, the theme of murder isn't exactly new to me in a Hitchcock-film, but this time around it's done from a whole new angle, and that was really entertaining. In the masterpiece Rope, Alfred Hitchcock explores a question that every philosophy student asks themselves: Why shouldn't I kill a man?
The film plays out in real-time during a party in an apartment, and is cut to seem like a single continuous take. That's about the only thing that fails in the film, because it was impossible back them to conceal every cut, and the result is sort of clumsy. Other than that though, the cinematography is nothing but perfect! The style is extremely intimate, Hitch adds moments of suspension just…
One of my personal favorites for the self-imposed technical constraints, twisting of sympathies, and Farley Granger. The moving camera, in addition to being an absolute technical marvel, also makes you complicit in the action, adding to the stomach twist you feel during the close calls. It's a talky film, but I think in a different way from Dial M for Murder - Hitch is great for his visual storytelling, and he's at his best when there is a discordance between what you see and what you hear, which is the case here.
Alfred Hitchcock Revisited (#1)
"...Tonight you've made me ashamed at every concept I ever had of superior and inferior beings. But I thank you for that shame, because now I know that we are each of us a separate human being..."
Considering the themes and philosophy within Rope, I stand by this being one of, if not Hitchcock's most underrated film. It seems to only receive praise and admiration by exclusively Hitchcock's fanbase and is for the most part unnoticed by everyone outside of those fans. it also might be his most fascinating and most dialogue-driven film...
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Though it's a little tough to be impressed by the long-take format of this movie when today's techniques are much more sophisticated and perfectionist (let's try to ignore the seven shadows every character casts!), it's easy to be impressed by the performances of the three leads, particularly John Dall, who plays a man who you would actually believe strangled his friend and then invited his friends and family to a dinner party.
An exercise in
Filmmaking technique, it's still
A compelling film.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie is never as good as the first time you watch it. Still great though.
I think this is a fun movie. The continuous take thing felt a little clunkier than I remember though. The camera of the time was so huge - today it would be so much easier to produce. And starring Jason Sudeikis. With maybe Tom Hanks as Jimmy Stewart.
My modern sensibility makes me wish this was a little more emo.
I must say that I am particularly fond of a film that applies to the classical unities. 'Rope' achieves so much by keeping this adaptation so simple - employing the original play's traditional 'well-made' structure, while using forward-thinking film techniques to heighten the creeping tension and claustrophobic nature of this macabre thriller.
Another fantastic crime-thriller by Hitchcock! As he did with Rear Window, he shows here that you don't need much space to make a great movie. With the whole thing being filmed inside of an apartment, it just adds to the suspense. The lack of cuts in this movie is also quite brilliant.
Rope and Rear Window is similar in other ways that just the location. Stewart is superb in both flicks, and Dall is also really good. If I'm not mistaken, Philip playing the piano is the only music in this movie, as is LB Jefferies' neighbour in Rear Window. Simplistic surrounding (location, music), great dialogue and acting, and Hitchcocks beautiful shots, Alfred has really found a recipe for success! Unfortunately for Rope, Rear Window just does it a bit better..
Quite simply a technical marvel, and thrilling to boot.
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