All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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…
“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…
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…
Fuck I forgot to post this. Hitchcock's control is unreal. The long take works really well. If you abide by the philosophy that every cut should be made for a reason, then it's obvious why there are no cuts. I feel like this kind of movie has been ripped off before, but nobody else understands the themes well enough to do it. Even the last shot has been ripped off before, which is an ending I always like.
As with every Hitchcock film I watch, I think of David Fincher. Not a lot of Fincher here. Too many camera movements, long takes, and close-ups for this to feel like Fincher, though it does have the commentary on masculinity. (The close-ups…
Featuring the definitive Jimmy Stewart righteous fit.
The story never quite matches up with the inventive visuals and camera movements but Hitchcock still makes it work for the most part. Throwing a party while there's a dead body in a trunk in a room creates instant tension, allowing the most blasé interactions to have an added bit of drama because of that fact. The two lead performances are a bit too on the nose and Stewart plays his classic part here, the moral center who derides these two for their acts.
"Murder is a crime to some, but a privilege to those who are intellectually superior."
The performances of almost everyone is appreciable. the script is very taut and the lines are a total treat for lovers of dry wit and humour. apart from the interesting cinematic style - the real time narration, the long shots and so on. The movie as terrific as it is fails to become a great one because of it’s predictable ending.
Rope's ending could have been so much more powerful had it been a little more intriguing. my take is that the movie should have ended before rupert sees what is inside the chest. he does not know for absolutely sure what happened, but there…
γιατί ο φόνος, είναι φόνος.
This is film is so unusual, but in a good way. The very concept, basing an entire film around 'presenting' the murder to family and friends, right under their noses. The ideas and philosophies behind the murders; I wouldn't have expected to see a 'motiveless' murder in a film this old. The fact that the film's main characters are essentially the villains, and even James Stewart's character carries a lot of moral ambiguity. James Stewart's character itself is even unusual, sort of self-confident yet slightly socially awkward.
A unique film that feels like a murder mystery, but starts the film with the murder and leaves no mystery yet manages to be a very absorbing watch.
Fascinating is definitely the best word for it. Not only because of the subject matter, which in itself is an interesting and twisted look at human nature, but also because of the form it takes, what with the lack of edits. Without being able to resort to typical film conventions, Hitchcock is still able to create a tense and nerve-wracking thriller. The actors are also all terrific, as they all had to nail their performances in each shot due to the long take. Stewart is predictably solid, but the two guys at the heart of the story are even better and thus drive the film. The ending is a bit weak, but everything up to that is perfect.
JOHN DALL, MARRY ME
Rope is a contained thriller whereupon a couple of young college students enact a murder, and then invite guests over for dinner with the corpse still in the apartment, in order to validate to themselves that they have committed a perfect crime. The film takes place as if it is entirely one scene - though instances of cuts and edits can be easily found with the experienced eye - and it's for better and for worse for it.
The film's cinematography is its most admirable feature, as many long takes with very few breaks allow the actors to shine with pages of dialogue unfolded and delivered by the actors with skill and focus. The acting is…
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…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…