Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope tells the story of two young men who murder their former classmate. Setting Rope apart from any thriller film before was the decision to craft it as if it were one long and continuous take. The result is a film which feels distinctly experimental, but the style and conventions of a classic Hitchcockian thriller remain firmly intact.
“Rope is a picture in which material has been created definitely for camera movements. Scenes were planned for visual strength, which in turn was blended with movement. The continuous flow of action meant that the eye was occupied constantly. And the elimination of the conventional shifting camera excites the audience by making the picture flow smoother and faster.” (Hitchcock 284:1995)
Hitchcock, A (1995) Hitchcock on Hitchcock: Selected Writings and Interviews. USA:University of California Press
Sidney Bernstein, Alfred Hitchcock
James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Joan Chandler, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Douglas Dick
Selected Director Filmography + Related Films:
The Man Who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes, Foreign Correspondent, Suspicion, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Lifeboat, Spellbound, Notorious, Rope, Stage Fright, Strangers on a Train, I Confess, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Trouble with Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Wrong Man, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy, Family Plot