This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
Stewart is charismatic but under-performing and Philip and Brandon are pretty unremarkable characters but Rope is a very interesting film and a lot more engaging than most other Hitchcock films I've seen even if the "will they get away with it" plot is kind of silly; it is still an interesting and respectable experiment
Short and sweet. An hour and a half like movies should be. This is one of those cases that you can tell it's supposed to be a play- the exaggerated twitchiness and the two-dimensional set expose it. People talking like microphones haven't been invented.
I wasn't really convinced by Stewart's character. He seems lethargic when talking about his outlandish theories, not engaged enough with the thoughts to influence fecund, young minds. We watch a real freak get carried away with a brief thought a bored old man once had. I would like to see an adaptation of this by someone who can play on that feebleness.
Rope is a really good Hitchcock film, but it's not his best. The performances are great from everyone, especially James Stewart, who always brings his A game. Though the whole movie is set in one room, it doesn't feel that way; there's so much going on at once. It's incredibly well shot, and the whole "done in one shot" illusion works very well with the film. The ending is terrific, and incredibly suspenseful. However, the rest of the film lacks suspense. They substitute suspense for dialogue. While that works with most films, I didn't think it worked with this one. Also, if ou left out the first minute, I'd give this film a whole other star, because the entire film would've been more interesting and intriguing.
The fact that this is one of Hitchcock's lesser films is astonishing, he's one of the greatest if not the greatest director of all time.
Would like to call this a noble failure, but really, it's just a failed experiment. The premise certainly has potential, but its presentation is so painfully knowing that only the cool detachment of the approach really registers. (In concept it works on two levels, but those quotation marks take up a good portion of the screen.) It's a bit like having a great writer read you a story they've just written while winking at you every five seconds to make sure that you get it, which would probably start out as mildly amusing, but end up being rather tiresome. Only two sequences transcend the gimmick: having the camera locked on the dishes slowly being cleared off the chest, while the…
If it's a Hitchcock film and there are no blondes in it, is it still a Hitchcock film?
-"Out of character for him to be murdered too."
-"Yes, wasn't it? But good Americans usually die young on the battlefield, don't they? Well, the Davids of this world
merely occupy space, which is why he was the perfect victim for the perfect murder."
It's a theatre play with cameras. Only a technical work for Hitchcock.
Hitchcock e seu super talento de passar mensagens nas entrelinhas, tendo êxito em driblar o careta e restritivo Código de Produção da época com seus personagens homossexuais (e tbm protagonistas) conduzindo um eficiente thriller enquanto o mestre do Suspense realiza um experimento com pouquíssimos planos-sequência.
The whole concept of killing somone and then throwing a party when you know that one of the guests will be suspicious is a concept I can't seem to fathom.
The whole situation seems really fake and forced to me. The acting is great, especially with Jimmy Stewert. The climax was fun and most times the dialogue works wonders.
I just wish that Hitchcock would have focuses more on story rather than trying to make it seem like the movie was filmed in one entire take.
Rope is one of the most interesting films in Hitchcock's filmography. Like I think everyone here on Letterboxd knows it's one big take. It's really like watching an exciting play unfold. And with each time you watch it you, you discover more you like. From the great performances by Stewart and John Dall, the stuff that happens in the background and the things the characters say. It's all fantastic.
Yes, I consider Rope a must watch film.
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