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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…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Brandon, how did you feel?"
"I...don't know, really. I don't remember feeling very much of anything, until his body went limp, and then I knew it was over."
"And then I felt tremendously exhilarated. How did you feel?"
Philip was adorable and I enjoyed all the subtext. so much tension.
An admirable attempt by Hitchcock to go against the grain and make a film that plays in real time. I can imagine people went bonkers over this in 1948.
The film feels pretty dated, but is still effective. The long takes are really nice to watch, but sometimes the over-acting is tough to swallow.
James Stewart owns the show, he's just such a great screen presence. I wonder what how much more his performances would've benefitted from the Method approach as opposed to the odd, high pitch acting of classical Hollywood.
It's not as tense as Psycho and Vertigo, bit it has its moments.
Hitchcock asserts himself as the master of suspense and as a true visionary ahead of his time with this superbly choreographed thriller.
This has everything I hate about pre-1970 film: it's heavy-handed, forced, and feels like I'm just watching a play.
However, Hitchcock's visual style made it very interesting. 80 minutes was a perfect length for this story.
He thought murder was an art. Until the party ended.
Rope was Birdman before Birdman was Birdman.
A brilliantly experimental film from director Alfred Hitchcock.
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