Genre Grandeur – Rope (1948) – Movie Reviews 101


For this month’s first review for Genre Grandeur – Movies based on Plays, here’s a review of Rope (1948) by Darren of Movie Reviews 101.

Thanks again to Virginie of The Wonderful World of Cinema for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Barry of Cinematic Catharsis and we will be reviewing our favorite Nature Gone Berserk Movies.

Mother Nature usually takes care of us, with all the oxygen we can breathe, water we drink and cute bunnies we can pet, but what happens when she gets angry? Watch her unleash floods, earthquakes, volcanoes and animals gone mad.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Aug by sending them to berserkbarry@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Barry!

Let’s see what Darren thought of this movie:

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: Arthur Laurents (Screenplay) Patrick Hamilton (Play)

Starring: Dick Hogan, John Dall, Farley Granger, Edith Evanson, Douglas Dick, Joan Chandler, James Stewart

 

Plot: Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.


Tagline – Nothing ever held you like Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brilliant

 

Story: Rope starts when two men Brandon (Dall) and Phillip (Granger) murder their classmate, just before hosting a party, they hide the body in the apartment, while hosting the guests Kenneth (Dick), Janet (Chandler), Mr Kentley (Hardwicke), Mrs Atwater (Collier) and Rupert (Stewart).

As the party goes on the character interact about everyday life matters as Janet explains her choice in man between David and Kenneth, while Brandon and Phillip boast about what it would be like to murder somebody.

 

Thoughts on Rope

 

Characters – Rupert Cadell is the last guest to arrive, he is the men’s former house master and has known the men since they were boys, he starts to get suspicious of what is going on with the party, he tries to learn the secret Brandon and Phillip are keeping. Brandon is the mastermind of the two men, he has every single guest in the palm of his hands as the party continues, he is almost become arrogant about what the two men have done. Phillip is more nervous about crime the men have committed, he gets put through the wringer by Rupert who thinks he will spill the beans. Janet is the woman that is dating the murder victim, she is part of Brandon’s game who is trying to set her up with another friend Kenneth.

PerformancesJames Stewart might well be the biggest name in this film, but his role is more of a supporting one, he is fantastic still being one of the many outstanding performances through the film. John Dall and Farley Granger are both wonderful to watch as a double act trying to remain calm through the film. the rest of the cast are wonderful too.

StoryThe story follows two men who are hosting a party after murdering a friend, they are trying to prove they can get away with the murder on front of their friends and former mentor. This story is based on a play which you can see from early on because the story plays out over the one party, we see how each person interacts and can have difference of opinions. We are kept wondering if anybody will learn their secret and if they can continue to keep everything secret from everybody through the night.

Crime/MysteryThe Crime side of the film shows how quickly a couple of men can kill somebody, we see this murder in the opening scene as well as discussing different types of murder through the film too, the mystery comes to just why or what the motive is behind their murder, waiting to see if they can complete their masterplan.

SettingsThe film is set inside on apartment building, we never leave this location which shows how both arrogant and nervous the two men are.


Scene of the Movie –
The closing discussion.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is very short, we could have gone on a little bit longer.

Final Thoughts This is a wonderfully entertain crime mystery, just to why the men committed the murder, we have top notch performances from the whole cast that never let anybody down.

 

Overall: Hitchcock’s master play.

Rating 10/10

 

 

 

 

Darren
Movie Reviews 101

2 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur – Rope (1948) – Movie Reviews 101

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur July Finale – Blithe Spirit (1945) – The Wonderful World of Cinema | MovieRob

  2. Wow. How many Hitchcock films have you actually seen? Because this is not remotely one of his better ones (even Hitchcock didn’t like the way it turned out) and “brilliant” and 10 out of 10 is way over the top. Compared to films like Vertigo, North By Northwest, Psycho, Rear Window and so many others – this isn’t in the same league. The “one continuous shot” was a distraction and a gimmick (and Hitchcock admitted so) and was actually NOT 1 shot – but cleverly disguised single takes of around 15-20 minutes each which were then blended/edited to look like a single shot. The story was based on the Leopold & Loeb murder of a young boy in Chicago in the 20s – where 2 rich, entitled friends decided to pull of the “perfect murder” – which turned out to be anything, but perfect. They were quickly caught and tried and the trial was notable for their parents hiring Clarence Darrow to defend them – not from the murder charges -because they clearly committed the murder – but to argue against the death penalty and spare them from the gas chamber. Which he did. They were both sentenced to life in prison. Dall and Granger were both solid as the thrill killers, but IMO, Stewart, a Hitchcock stalwart, was wasted in his role as their professor.

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