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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…
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…
Rope is another splendid thriller by Alfred Hitchcock, having great suspense as always and very interesting dialogues. This film never ceased to be entertaining and I really enjoyed the humorous moments here. The story also had a fine dramatic touch towards the end, escorted by intense confrontations between the main three characters. The whole movie occurs in only one location, but Hitchcock manages to create a really intriguing crime film with great performances all around and a truly unique story.
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…
**Dinner with Hitchcock - Film 5**
With Rope Alfred Hitchcock has crafted a taunt, finely woven thriller, knotted tight with suspense, which won't leave you burned. Okay, I'm done with rope puns now. Telling the story of two friends who decide to murder a third friend of theirs, Rope is unique for many things, from its style to its plot. The idea that the main characters are cold-blooded murderers, who add insult to injury by throwing a party mere minutes after they snuff the life out of their chum, while the body is still in the room, must have been pretty staggering back in the late '40s.
That's not the only thing staggering about Rope though, going in I had…
loved it. considering hitchcock directed one of my all time favourite movies i shamefully have seen very little of his work. so this was my first movie in my education of alfred, and god damn was it ever fantastic. james stewart was so damn good. i have only seen one other james stewart movie, harvey, and just like in that one he totally ruled every moment of the movie. the story i guess is loosely based on leopold and loeb and their attempt at a perfect murder. it was a great thriller, great macabre jokes, great everything. loved it.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
When it comes to Hitchcock, I had only seen three, Psycho, Rear Window, and Vertigo. Today, I decided to change that and watched Rope. Going into this movie I knew nothing except that it was a Hitchcock movie starring Jimmy Stewart. What I didn't know and what turned out to be the most impressive part of the movie is that it all took place in one apartment. Rope focuses on two men (John Dall and Farley Granger) who kill their friend because they felt like it. Although the storyline is somewhat strange, the dialogue is so well writing you are always interested. I highly recommend Rope!
Rope strangled my socks off. I was really hesitant to go into this movie, as always, I am a little bit dubious of movies that are only shot in one location with dialogue punishing action, but when I put the DVD in noticing it only goes for 1 hour and twenty minutes, I sighed a breath of relief. I can guarantee you, by the end of the film you will also be sighing a breath of relief, but also sadness that this master piece is over. It was extremely tense and in scenes I found myself rustling around on the sofa like a rampant Guinea pig, constantly rearranging my seating position. I think the less you say about this movie…
This is quite an amazing film, with its continuous takes, its main antagonists played by egotistical students obsessed with how they are better than the common man (clearly the product of too much intellectual isolationism and reading Nietchze), but what really makes it is the performance and dialogue of James Stewart.
He imbues his character with humanity, compassion for others, and most significantly shame at even being part of the intellectual self-aggrandisement that made these boys feel justified in murdering for some sort of intellectual stimulation.
Rope's experiment, to make the film feel like one seamless take, with some clever edits to combine the shots, is what keeps the film from working as well as it should, but it also makes it infinitely interested. There are some strange lulls in the action, and some dead line deliveries, which can't be covered up with an alternate take, but man is it worth it for these flaws to watch Hitchcock work and experiment with the form.
Ultimately Rope is a retelling of Crime and Punishment, sort of, but it also reads as an allegory for an arrogant filmmaker who ever thinks he could pull off such a stunt. Maybe there is some self awareness on Hitch's part, or maybe it is subconscious, but the early conversations between our murderers feel like artist arguing against potential criticism they'll receive for strangling David to death.
Recommended, if not essential.
Rope, Alfred Hitchcock's first color film as well as his first collaboration with James Stewart, is possibly his most experimental work. Edited in a way that it seems that the entire film is a single continuous shot, when in fact it consisted of twelve very elaborate long takes, this movie was based on a play which naturally makes it feel very theatrical compared to other films of his. Notwithstanding that, Hitchcock pulled off this little experiment of his with real mastery and created a claustrophobic atmosphere that made the film absolutely gripping from the start.
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Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Don't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
- Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat
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