Rope

Rope

DVD - 2006
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Two thrill-seeking friends strangle a classmate and then hold a party for their victim's family and friends, serving refreshments on a buffet table fashioned from a trunk containing the lifeless body. When dinner conversation revolves around talk of "the perfect murder," their former teacher becomes increasingly suspicious that his proteges have turned his intellectual theories into brutal reality.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2006.
Edition: Full frame.
ISBN: 9781417058907
1417058900
Branch Call Number: ROP
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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mswrite
Feb 02, 2016

Fascinating backstory on the making of this film. Reportedly Hitchcock wanted Cary Grant for the professor, the role played by Stewart, and Montgomery Clift for the role that went to Farley Granger (who was quite good). But Grant and Clift (both gay) got one look at the script and neither would go near it. In that era particularly there was enormous fear of queer-by-association, and this was particularly true for actors who were in real life homosexual and had to protect their images. I've always admired Jimmy Stewart as an actor but didn't like him in this role--it should have gone to Grant, who could have given the character a complexity and subtlety Stewart lacked. Ah, well.

veganbaker Mar 02, 2015

Arthur Laurent's said the suspense was lost when we see the murder and know they're gonna get caught, (crime never pays in Hitchcock films) but i disagree. As a master of suspense He knew that the tension would be maintained for the only other witnesses, the audience ,knowing where the body was hidden, Though Stewart was not easily accepted in this role and some felt he was uncomfortable in it (he was fine imo) the memorable performances are from the brits and the actress who plays the maid. Also fun to watch the sky grow darker while every ten minutes a cover for the camera reload as it was all shot in 10 minute increments like a play.

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garycornell
Jan 14, 2015

"The Rope" is one of Alfred Hitchcock's finest films. I had heard over the years that he shot it in one continuous take, but from other reviews I learned he did make some cuts in filming. If your a fan of Jimmy Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock, this is another masterpiece that the two teamed up on. The script was written the famous actor Hume Cronyn. Others in the cast may not be as well know as Jimmy Stewart, but are wonderful in their characters. This really is a film not to be missed and I am surprised that an Alfred Hitchcock movie like "The Rope" never had anyone comment on it until my comment of today. I hope you enjoy the film!

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

Banned from several theatres upon its initial release due to a great deal of implied homosexuality not to mention allusions to justifiable genocide, Alfred Hitchcock’s first colour film remains one of his best—a dark and unsettling study of one upper class sociopath’s evening of psychological games. Roommates (and probable lovers) Brandon and Phillip feel they have just committed the perfect murder when they entice former classmate David to their Manhattan penthouse, strangle him, and then stuff his body into an antique trunk which they keep in the living room. But whereas the high-strung Phillip suffers from crippling remorse immediately afterwards the ice cold Brandon feels only elation on successfully executing the “perfect killing” of a second-class human being—murder, after all, doesn’t apply if you are the victims intellectual and social superior. To celebrate his triumph Brandon hosts a dinner party that night using the old trunk as a macabre serving table. Among the invitees are David’s father, his girlfriend, and the girlfriend’s ex beau…David’s former romantic rival who still carries a torch for her. Also invited is Rupert Cadell, one of the men’s professors from college (James Stewart in fine form), a shrewd and observant creature who begins to suspect foul play as the flow of wine sees Brandon making increasingly cryptic comments while Phillip trembles and sweats. The usual social niceties soon give way to uncomfortable questions when David, also invited according to Brandon, fails to make an appearance. Will the two partners get away with their crime before Cadell’s suspicions turn to certainty? Famous for being filmed entirely on one indoor set (true) using one continuous take (not true) this is definitely one of Hitchcock’s more striking productions with a voyeuristic camera smoothly gliding from room to room, seemingly in real time, as it follows first one character and then the other. Masterfully directed, Hitchcock manages to make eighty minutes seem like an entire evening’s worth of tension and suspense starting with the murder itself and ending with a somewhat ingratiating homily perhaps meant to dispel some of the film’s more controversial elements. A fine ensemble piece which plays out like live theatre.

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akirakato
Nov 16, 2014

Nathan Freudenthal Leopold, Jr. (born on November 19, 1904) and Richard Albert Loeb (born on June 11, 1905) were two wealthy University of Chicago students who kidnapped and murdered 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks in 1924 in Chicago.
The duo was motivated to murder Franks by their desire to commit a perfect crime.
Once apprehended, the men's parents retained Clarence Darrow as counsel for the defense.
Darrow's summation in their trial is noted for its influential criticism of capital punishment as retributive, rather than transformative justice.
Both were sentenced to life imprisonment.
Loeb was killed by a fellow prisoner in 1936; Leopold was released on parole in 1958 and died of heart attack on 29 August 1971 in Puerto Rico.
The Leopold and Loeb crime has been the inspiration for several works in film, theatre, and fiction, such as this 1948 Alfred Hitchcock's film, which marvellously and superbly recreates the gripping and fascinating why-done-it melodrama.

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frishta
Sep 26, 2014

Creepy. Sometimes you find yourself worried that they'll get caught, then you remember they're the bad guys who need to be caught.

7duffy Sep 03, 2014

Very interesting from a cinematic perspective. The colors are lavish. The scenes are shot from a single camera, as if you were a fly on the wall, following the action. Lastly, the whole movie takes place in real time, like High Noon. Story appears to be based upon Leopold & Loeb. Never heard of John Dall before, but he gives a great performance as an elitist trying to get away with murder. Jimmy Stewart is very effective as the former school master, who catches on early and tries to disect the crime w/o giving away what he is doing.

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Ron@Ottawa
Apr 22, 2013

This was Hitchcock's first colour film. All shot within an apartment complex, it could have been a stage play. Acting was sound overall with a bit of emotional excess here and there. Enjoyable.

jmmason Mar 06, 2013

Murderous gays via Hitchcock. Farley Granger at his "peak." The only glitch is an obtuse Jimmy Stewart who doesn't seem to realize that his character is a homosexual. Courageous movie for the time. Thanks, Alfred.

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Monolith
Apr 29, 2012

This caught me completely unaware. I had no idea that it was a movie version (HEAVY on dialogue) of a play that was inspired by the 'Leopold-Loeb' murder case. The play depended, for its effect, on the fact that it was one continuous series of actions. It appealed to Hitchcock’s sense of the macabre and his fascination with situations involving the 'inconvenience' of dead bodies (lol). Evidently, Hitchcock called “Rope” an “experiment that didn’t work out”. Agreed. 2½ stars for Jimmy Stewart.

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Monolith
Apr 29, 2012

Phillip Morgan: "Rupert only publishes books HE likes... usually philosophy." Janet Walker: "Oh. Small print, big words, no sales."

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Monolith
Apr 29, 2012

Brandon Shaw: "Good and evil, right and wrong were invented for the ordinary average man, the inferior man, because he needs them."

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Monolith
Apr 29, 2012

Rupert Cadell: "You're quite a good chicken strangler as I recall." Phillip Morgan: "I never strangled a chicken in my life!"

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Monolith
Apr 29, 2012

Rupert Cadell: "Personally, I think a chicken is as good a reason for murder as a blonde, a mattress full of dollar bills or any of the customary, unimaginative reasons." Janet Walker: "Well, now, you don't really approve of murder, Rupert? If I may?" Rupert Cadell: "You may... and I do. Think of the problems it would solve: unemployment, poverty, standing in line for theatre tickets..."

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