Do not let the year 1948 fool you, this movie is as controversial and disturbing as any today.rope Based on the 1929 play of the same name by Patrick Hamilton, Rope shows us that subjects like this were mainstream at the beginning of the twentieth century. Directed by legendary Alfred Hitchcock, this masterpiece of suspense still manages to be interesting after half of century. He used the “one continuous shot” thingy, splitting the movie into several 7-minute segments and then seamlessly editing them together. The most disturbing fact is the story itself: two very wealthy and intelligent young man commit murder for murder sake. They did it just to see how would they feel, they say, but underlining is much blurrier. Is killing someone that you consider inferior justified, who will determine these rules and is it really worth it?

Toying with these intense subjects is only magnified by the decision of two man to host a party, where would guests, unknowingly, eat of the coffin with a dead body. Pretty fucked up, even by today’s standards, isn’t it?  There is a hint of homosexuality and vanity, there are so many levels that you will be astonished. Happening in real time and in closed environment, Rope always maintains a safe distance from the viewer. You would think that this thing would come crashing down on you at some point, but this is not that kind of a movie. Considered taboo and too macabre, Rope is joyfully subversive movie, much more reminiscent of European cinema but with a distinct Hitchcock vibe. Enjoy.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Cedric Hardwicke

Fun Facts: Story was very loosely based on the real-life murder committed by University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, which was also the (fictionalized) subject of Compulsion (1959) and Swoon (1992).


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