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…
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…
"What would you say to some champagne?"
This one's a corker.
Hitchcock's ability to build suspense without cutting is incredible; the scene where the maid clears the tableware off the chest is particularly excruciating. Unfortunately, James Stewart, apparently provoked by epiphany, goes on a moralising rant towards the end, telling us exactly what to think about the events of the film. We can easily agree with him and feel good about ourselves despite identifying with the killers for the entirety of the film, worrying that they might be found out.
"What would you say to some champagne?"
This one's a corker.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I've always been a sucker for films that entirely take place in a single location and remain engaging from start to finish. While I found some of the first act of Rope to drag a little, as soon as the suspense of "finding David" kicked in the film remained a solidly acted nail-biter until the very end. James Stewart as usual is a great onscreen presence, and even though every ten minutes required Hitchcock to reload his film, his attempt to make Rope appear filmed entirely within one shot was unprecedented and genius.
My two absolute favorite directors are Billy Wilder and Alfred Hitchcock, and it has always struck me that their careers seemed to synchronize well with each other. So, as an excuse to rewatch all of Billy Wilder’s movies and all of these Hitchcock movies in this blu-ray set, I’m rewatching anything these directors did whenever they both released a movie in the same year. And then I’m declaring a winner for each year because that’s in my power.
The sixth year of the competition: 1948.
A note about why I’m skipping some years. I’m only looking at years in which BOTH directors released a movie. So even though I watched Notorious, I didn’t include it because Wilder didn’t have a…
"Nobody commits a murder just for the experiment of committing it. Nobody except us."
The film itself is a better experiment, shooting a play as such, complete with at least the appearance of being filmed all in one continuous shot.
As for the crime, it never really occurred to me that they wouldn't get caught. Phillip was peeing himself the entire evening and Brandon couldn't stop stroking his own ego. Ironic that his supposed superior nature made him an inferior criminal.
This movie does not have a flaw. It is without flaw.
The first time I watched Rope, I was at home sick from school by myself, and appreciated the technique but the story and performances didn't click and I hated it.
The second time I watched Rope, I was in class and watched it with an audience which revealed many funny moments that I did not notice by myself. Only with a crowd did Rope reveal itself to be darkly funny, with many great performances to bolster such strong writing.
The third time I watched Rope, right now, I am in bed watching it while writing a paper about its style and suspense when it all finally clicked. Hitchcock's masterful direction is buoyed by a constantly moving camera, circling in, out, and around this small room to find the tense moments behind every interaction, remark and glance. A great movie, and an underrated masterpiece from Hitchcock.
A tense, well written adaptation of the play that features some strong performances and even stronger camerawork. The only time Hitchcock falters is his desire to hide his cuts, which often come off as awkward and obvious. The rest of the film however, is a masters class in direction. Especially how to tell a story set in one location and still make it feel visually dazzling.
- A Trip to the Moon
- 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…
- The Brood
- Winter Light
- The Changeling
No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…