Friday, March 25, 2011


Can someone commit the perfect murder? Can a person kill someone and get away with it? That's the question raised in Alfred Hitchcock's Rope.

Brandon (John Dall) and Philip (Farley Granger) have murdered a classmate of theirs. Brandon is eerily calm about the crime he has committed; Philip not so much. During a party thrown at the crime scene, their former house master Rupert Cadell (James Stewart) grows suspicious when the conversation shifts its focus on committing the perfect murder.

Rope is noted for allegedly being filmed in one continuous take. However, I could tell when a new scene started. But still, it's an ambitious feat for Hitchcock to try out.

The murder that the movie revolves around is loosely based on the infamous Leopold and Loeb case. Of course being the criminology freak that I am, I clearly liked that little fact.

Rope is a very well done movie though I would've loved it had it been just a little longer. Apart from that, I adored this underrated Hitchcock movie.

My Rating: ****1/2


  1. Definitely underrated. Great review Anna, I love Rope. What Hitchcock did with the film might be much easier to achieve using today's small, digital cameras but to think the camera they were using in Rope was bigger than a fridge puts the feat into perspective.

  2. Actually, it was filmed in 10 takes, ranging from 5 to 10 minutes per take. That was the limit because that was all the film that a camera could hold then.


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