A directorial mid-career experiment, with extended tracking shots and a single location. What's most impressive is how un-stagey it all is, as James Stewart plays a Columbo-esque of cat and mouse with Leopold and Loeb stand-ins, all while a body rests under a dinner table. While not as ambitious as Notorious and his 1950s brilliancies, it remains one of Hitchcock's most interesting and effective puzzle pieces.
I'd imagine this was a very ambitious concept for a film at the time of making. It is a tough job to keep the audience on the edge of their seats for 80 mins with only two settings and a few actors, but this is exactly what "Rope" achieves. My only issue is with the ending of the film, but I would imagine there couldn't have been any other type of ending considering the sensibility of America in 1940s
Although it would be easy to confuse Rope with the attitudes of the two main characters - smug, self-absorbed, interested in creating something audacious and impressive just for the same of being able to say it was done - I think it holds up as a fine piece of thrilling cinema. Few films spend the entire runtime showing you that ticking bomb under the chair. This one does.The ticking bomb just happens to be a corpse.
Noch sehr konstruiert der Fall, aber der Suspense unvergleichlich Hitchcock. Er muss noch die Ungezwungenheit und die überraschenden Wendungen lernen, die später seine Meisterschaft ausmachen. Und die Geschichte muss "normaler", einfacher werden, so daß wir sie auf uns beziehen. können und sie uns erschrecken läßt. Der Rekurs auf das Narrativ vom Übermenschen vermag dies nicht zu leisten.
Rewatch ~ Good performances throughout and great use of long takes, but the original play doesn't give much room for anything else. Hitchcock's adaptation may even be more static with a less compelling dynamic between the main characters, and the creeping suspense has turned into mild expectation. The play would probably be more entertaining to see on stage than watching the events unfold in cinematic form.
A small scale but ambitious piece of filmmaking. The setting and narrative are tightly wound and supremely controlled. The performances are very theatrical but they didn't feel out of place here, as it has the characteristics of a stage play. The camerawork is pioneering (you can see the impact this had on many modern filmmakers) and subversive.
Hitchcock was exceptional at manipulating structural elements of the narrative, like time and space, in order to generate tension.The illusion that this was all filmed in one take -it actually wasn't and you can notice the cuts -makes it feel claustrophobic and similar to a stage. It is obviously a technical experiment but one that, to my mind,works perfectly. Freud and Nietzsche are also guests to this party