Movies that are slightly off.
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…
“I've always wished for more artistic talent. Well, murder can be an art, too. The power to kill can be just as satisfying as the power to create.”
With the aftermaths of the effects of World War II, Patrick Hamilton’s play seemed like the perfect choice for Alfred Hitchcock’s next film. A plot which centers on two highly intellectual men that decide to commit the perfect murder. The victim being one of their classmates who they consider to be inferior to them. This concept of superiority is handled pretty heavily as there are several discussions about it through the film, and it is easy to compare it to Hitler’s ideal of the superior Nazi race. Rope isn’t subtle at all,…
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…
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…
In Rope Unleashed, the 2001 documentary featurette produced by Alfred Hitchcock historian Laurent Bouzereau, Rope’s screenwriter Arthur Laurents questions Hitchcock’s decision to show the crime in the opening moments of the film instead of revealing it at the end. It is an interesting observation. It may indeed be true that by doing so Hitchcock has drained much of the suspense from the film, at least in the conventional sense. I imagine Rope would be a very different experience if the audience had to guess whether a crime was committed or not. I am not sure, however, that it would be a better one. It would have certainly taken away from the film’s homosexual undercurrent (reportedly much stronger…
Hitchcock is a genius. Movie was a single continuous shot but with Hitch tricks.
A Hitchcockian experiment. Rope is famous for giving the sense that it is filmed in one long take, ends of reels being disguised. But this is not quite the case, the film being 11 shots, some of the cuts are disguised by the camera coming into something dark and then moving away (a number of times this is someone’s back, an unsubtle effect, but there is a more interesting cut when the lid of a trunk is thrown in the face of the camera/audience); there are at least a couple of ‘normal’ cuts, the view being changed and we are trained not to notice such cuts; more interestingly is the early cut from outside into the flat, the second shot…
ugh seeing this in 35mm at lincoln center was such a dream... esp. w/ tom kalin's introduction, which alerted me to stuff I might not have noticed (like the single telephone in brandon and philip's bedroom!). this is, as the lincoln center summary puts it, drenched in innuendo: it's all about what you can see/say vs. what you can't... the very fact that the entire film is, if you will, served up on top of a body concealed in a chest demands a subtextual interpretation—practically screams at you to open the chest of brandon and philip's dialogue, their anguished glances, the fact that they're standing like 6 inches apart if that at all times, everything really...
and this makes such…
Our April Film Club pick, and as much as I love Hitchcock, I can't get over that failed hump in filmmaking known as the "filmed stage play". Ugh! I hate them. They translate terribly to celluloid. And this film being known for its notorious, although slightly illusionary, single-take doesn't help the fact that this is indeed a stage play caught on film. I appreciate Hitch's dabbling with the idea of a seemingly "normal" man who kills for sport, but even those motives here are questionable. I hated Jimmy "James" Stewart's character -- the way he noses into everyone's business with no apparent reason for behaving the way he does. What a Snoop-ert!
But as we discussed post-viewing, Hitchcock does make…
A failed experiment, but still some sparks of brilliance.
The fact that this is such an experiment, or should I say, a departure for Hitchcock is why I like it so much. It's not his most suspenseful, but it has its moments. Like the simplicity of the long take of Mrs. Wilson cleaning the table really gets me.
One of my favorite Hitchcock films.
35mm @ Walter Reade
"I've always wished for more artistic talent. Well, murder can be an art, too. The power to kill can be just as satisfying as the power to create."
Rope is about two snobbish intellectuals with a superiority complex strangle an “inferior” friend of theirs to death in an attempt to commit the Perfect Murder. They hide the corpse in a chest in their apartment’s living room. Guests have been invited over for a party while the corpse is still in the chest to test the perfection of their crime.
This probably Alfred Hitchcock’s most experimental film. The entire movie is composed of long takes, each approximately 10 minutes in length. There’s a lot of hidden cuts that make most of…
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