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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.
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…
The theatrical acting style just keeps this film from reaching a perfect 5/7 for me.
I think the technical aspects that Hitch failed at in this film are corrected in Birdman (though it's not exactly a suspense-thriller)
This is more of an interesting intellectual exercise than a film. Hitchcock wanted to give the impression it was filmed in one take, which he typically tries to achieve by zooming in on a cast member's back every 10 minutes. Jimmy Stewart is usually a wonderful screen presence but was miscast for this film - the role calls for someone who could bring a touch of darkness.
After recently watching Vertigo, and pretty much hating it, I was not expecting to go back to the Hitchcock well anytime soon, but Rope and it's 80 minute running time crossed my path, so I figured why not. I am so glad I decided to watch it; what an awesome movie. Completely my style; all in one room, great dialogue, not overly complicated plot, and a tonne of amazing camera shots.
There is a lot more subtlety here when compared to some of the other Hitchcock movies I've watched and the acting was great, which is something I rarely say about his movies. John Dall as Brandon and Joan Chandler as Janet were my favourites, but I have to give…
Phillip could not find his chill for the life of him oh my god.
Utterly disturbing in its blasé approach to its subject matter and frankly suffocating in its single-location, single-shot illusion, it's disgustingly amusing at how truly psychotic this is. You can't just cut the tension with a knife -- you have to swim through it, for 80 straight minutes.
Oh, to have Stewart's snidy snark...
This is a movie of what could have been. If the murder wasn't shown on the screen in the first scene, then the movie would have been a ticking time bomb of suspense
I mean it's never declared outright because this movie is old AF but Brandon & Philip were 100% lovers, right? I'm pretty sure Philip even had a crush on David, so Brandon decided to rekindle the flames between Janet and Kenneth and since he's such a sociopath decided to murder David and coax Philip into thinking he deserved it.
...Can someone please confirm if there's fanfic of Rope?
Need to let this sit a bit, but could be in the running for my favorite Hitchcock film
in which murder is gay sex
or something like that
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…