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Rope (1948) - (Movies To See Before You Die - Suspense)

07 Jul, 2008 | Movies To See Before You Die / Suspense

ROPE (1948) is one of the most amazing works of master director Alfred Hitchcock. A unique thriller with a shocking plot - the complete film has been shot in a home (rather a single room), where a party is being enjoyed by a few people. There are friends and also enemies within the party suspecting each other for some foul play. And the amazing part is that there is a dead body of a person too, who is just murdered before the party, lying in the huge box on which the dinner has been served for all.
Only two persons know about this secret and how they manage to maintain the secrecy even when doubts start cropping up in the mind of a few friends is the main plot of the movie. This was a successful stage play with the same title by Patrick Hamilton (reportedly inspired from a real life case), which was adapted by Alfred Hitchcock as his first technicolour film and can easily be placed among the five best creations of the maestro widely known and quoted all over the globe. The intense, enjoyable thriller is sure going to make you a Hitchcock fan and his unique style of presenting the unusual on screen.
To get amazed further, this was one of its kind of film at the time of its release, to be presented in real time (all the happening are placed in real time) and also smartly edited in a way that appears to be as a single shot film with many long takes.
A must watch, not to be missed, highly recommended crime thriller that deserves to be seen at the earliest.
Directed By Alfred Hitchcock 
Starring : James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Joan Chandler & more
(Written as a short synopsis for a DVD library project in 2005)

Tags : ROPE (1948) Review by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Alfred Hitchcock Classics, James Stewart Classics, Movies To See Before You die, Must See Movie List By Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com
07 Jul 2008 / Comments ( 4 )
Neel Trivedi
Agree with your review, but you left out one unique element of the movie, it's a single, continuous shot for the entire duration! Only once do you see a black screen for a single frame and that was strictly because Hitchcock ran out of film during that sequence! Apparently, it was done that way because Hitchcock wanted to retain the feeling of watching the original play that it was adapted from. Such techniques are now quite common in movies like Birdman but back then, it was extremely rare & unique!
Bobby Sing

You are very right Neel Trivedi and I once wrote about the same at Facebook with the link of the shot too.

But why it is not there in the write-up.
Actually thats because all these initial short write-ups on films at BTC were actually written for a DVD rental website in the initial years of the new millennium. So they are just to the point without the details as you rightly pointed out.

Would really love to update them with more useful info, but lets see, when time allows me to do so.

Keep Visiting and Writing in.


Alfred Hitchcock was best known for his suspense thrillers in world cinema. There are imitations of Hitchcock's suspense in Indian Cinema like in JEWEL THIEF, ITEFAQ & DHUND.

Bobby Sing

Yes, indeed.
And there are many more adaptations starting right from the early decades of B&W era in Hindi films.
Our makers have been inspired since then.

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