|Fig 1: Poster for Alfred Hitcock's 1948 Rope|
Made in 1948 and based on the 1929 stage play of the same name, Rope is an Alfred Hitcock film famous for experimenting from the attempt of being filmed in one shot (done in 10 takes and edited into one due to the lack of film space on the reel that maxed out at 10 minutes, masking the cuts by zooming onto the characters backs) Due to such long takes, relatable to a live performance in a way, cast and crew were determined to get it right first time. This was made easier by the fact that there wasn't a lot of action and many lengthy pieces of dialogue due to its stage play origin. "Perversely, this cinematic experiment replicates the theatrical experience: Rope feels "live", which means that at any minute one of the actors could do something unexpected, such as fluff their lines, or heaven forbid, open the trunk."(Pamela Hutchinson, The Guardian, 27/7/2012)
The film was renowned for its uniqueness of filmography and of its openness of a same sex relationship in a time after the war where homosexuality was still considered sinful and shamed upon. "The territory is a censors-enforced minefield, with brutality and sexuality, the plot’s main elements, having to be alluded to rather than declared."(Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine, 2006). However even though it is only hinted at, it still shows through character interactions and sexual symbolism, for example Brandon smoking after he and Phillip kill David.
|Fig 2: Shot of the three main players of the film, Brandon, Phillip and Rupert|
|Fig 3: The Titular rope and murder weapon of David|
|Fig 4: Confrontation between Brandon, Phillip and Rupert.|
That driving force helps in creating a simple but effective story, creative way it was produced it is obvious that Rope helped in showcasing how much of a genius Hitchcock is with a camera and experimentation. Rope is definitely a stand up act and well worth a watch.
Slant magazine: http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/rope
The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2012/jul/27/my-favourite-hitchcock-rope
Emanuel Levy: http://emanuellevy.com/review/rope-4/
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Image 2- Rope: https://billsmovieemporium.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/rope.png
Image 3- Brandon, Phillip and Rupert: http://madfilm.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/06431THUMB_edited-1LRG.jpg
Image 4- Confrontation: http://s3.amazonaws.com/auteurs_production/images/film/rope/w1280/rope.jpg