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5.0 out of 5 stars "I Hope You Like What You See!" -- (You Will, Via This DVD!)
"Rope" debuted in theaters in August of 1948, and represented the first movie shot in COLOR by Director Alfred Hitchcock.
James Stewart, Farley Granger, and John Dall are the stars here, with Stewart (as always) giving a flawless, effortless-looking performance. I really liked all the character portrayals in this film. Murderers Granger and Dall exhibit just the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A witty elegant essay on murder
Some may argue there is nothing witty about murder, which you see in this film in the first few minutes committed by two elegantly dressed and well groomed handsome men on another elegantly dressed and handsome man in a well appointed apartment with a magnificent view of the city. Moreover, these two dandies just have to SEE if they can commit the perfect murder. In...
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4.0 out of 5 stars "That's the difference between us and other men: they talk about committing the perfect crime, we do it", April 20 2007
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M. B. Alcat "Curiosity killed the cat, but sa... (Hanoi, Vietnam) - See all my reviews
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"Rope", a film based on a play and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is a well-made thriller that entertains the spectator, but that is far from being perfect.

I must say that the story is original, and that the beginning is quite shocking. The two main characters are Brandon and Philip (John Dall and Farley Granger), two young men that commit a crime just to see if they can get away with murder. As if killing another man weren't enough, they decide to tempt fate, hiding the body in a trunk, where it could easily be discovered, and inviting some people to dinner. Their guests include, among others, the victim's parents, his girlfriend and an old schoolteacher that gets increasingly suspicious regarding Brandon and Philip's actions. The schoolteacher (James Stewart) doesn't know exactly what they did, but is certain that something is wrong, very wrong. And of course, he cannot understand why Philip keeps looking at the trunk that is used as a buffet table...

On the whole, I can say that I liked "Rope", even though I wouldn't be overly eager to watch it again. From my point of view, you will also enjoy this whodunnit, specially if you are fond of Hitchcock movies, and don't mind the fact that albeit good, this is not one of his best films.

Belen Alcat

PS: I give "Rope" 3.5 stars...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Measure your words carefully. They may be taken seriously, July 14 2004
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Joseph H Pierre "Joe Pierre" (Salem, OR USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rope [Import] (VHS Tape)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Format: Color
Studio: Universal Studios
Video Release Date: May 23, 1995
Cast:
James Stewart ... Rupert Cadell
John Dall ... Brandon Shaw
Farley Granger ... Phillip Morgan
Cedric Hardwicke ... Mr. Kentley
Constance Collier ... Mrs. Atwater
Douglas Dick ... Kenneth Lawrence
Edith Evanson ... Mrs. Wilson
Dick Hogan ... David Kentley
Joan Chandler ... Janet Walker
Alfred Hitchcock ... Man walking in street after opening credits
The Three Suns ... Group cast appearance (radio sequence)
Two young men decide to kill a friend for kicks. ala Leopold and Loeb, because one of them, Brandon Shaw (John Dall) thinks he is a superior human being, and above the rules, and the victim is inferior and therefore fair game. He quotes a former professor, Rupert Cadell (James Stewart) who has verbalized such a proposition in class.

They do, indeed, strangle the other young man, David Kentley (Dick Hogan), place his body in a trunk, and then throw a party to which they invite Bentley's parents, his girl friend, Prof. Cadell and others, and serve food and drinks from the trunk in which the body lies. Cadell, a bright man, realizes that something funny is going on and investigates.

This is an entertaining movie. Hitchcock. the director, admitted that he made the film on a lark, and that it was not a serious endeavor, but given his genius it came out very well anyway. It rates 4 stars with me, at least.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "I Hope You Like What You See!" -- (You Will, Via This DVD!), May 18 2004
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David Von Pein (Mooresville, Indiana; USA) - See all my reviews
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"Rope" debuted in theaters in August of 1948, and represented the first movie shot in COLOR by Director Alfred Hitchcock.
James Stewart, Farley Granger, and John Dall are the stars here, with Stewart (as always) giving a flawless, effortless-looking performance. I really liked all the character portrayals in this film. Murderers Granger and Dall exhibit just the right mix of "Will we get caught?" angst and the cockiness and sheer gall of those that murder simply for the sport of it.
Although not one of the "higher profile" Alfred Hitchcock entries, I think "Rope" is, in fact, one of his better films. It's certainly unique, style-wise, being filmed in ten-minute, continuous takes, giving it a "seamless" uninterrupted look.
There has been much talk about the supposed "homosexual overtones" between the two murderers in "Rope". Now while I know this to be the director's intention, if I hadn't read about it after seeing the movie, I would never have thought those two male characters were supposed to be homosexual. In my view, *nothing* that is said or done in the film particularly points to this conclusion. I suppose it's designed to be there, but "just beneath the surface". But, I looked at the two killers as merely being close friends. I don't really know why the sexual orientation subject even has to enter into it. And, really, it *doesn't*.
"Rope" is unique in another fashion as well -- Hitchcock's "cameo". Unique because we get not one, but TWO, "Hitch" cameos in this picture. Right after the opening credits, we see Alfred walking on the sidewalk below. With cameo appearance #2 (which was originally intended to be his lone cameo) coming 55 minutes into the fairly-short 80-minute film. This second cameo is not of Hitchcock "in the flesh". Instead, the director inserted the image of a flashing neon sign outside one of the windows of the apartment. This sign depicts the famous Hitchcock "profile". A very inventive cameo indeed (rivaling his "newspaper" appearance in "Lifeboat" for the most creative, IMO).
As with a much-later Hitchcock picture, "The Birds", "Rope" has no music score to aid the story and move it along (save the opening theme music and the piano-playing of Farley Granger's character). An entire movie void of music is something that I don't imagine too many directors could pull off. But Hitchcock, in "Rope" and "The Birds" (which was fifteen years later), did it quite successfully.
This Universal single-disc DVD offers up a fine-looking and very clear Full Frame picture (1.33:1 aspect ratio). Colors do look a tad dated, though. But, overall, "Rope" looks excellent here! The soundtrack on the disc is in Mono (Dolby Digital 2.0).
The disc's Menu system is simplistic and easy to use (which is OK by me). When the Main Menu is on screen, the theme from Hitch's TV series, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", plays. This is nice, but I wonder why they didn't use the "Rope" opening theme music for the Menu?
Although not officially labelled as one of Universal's "Collector's Editions", this "Rope" DVD could very well have been so designated. This disc has very nearly as many Special Features as the other Hitchcock "Collector's" packages. Here's a gander at the "Rope" bonus supplements .................
>> A 32-minute documentary, "Rope Unleashed", covering the making of this motion picture. Included here is an interview with actor/writer Hume Cronyn, who collaborated on the "Rope" screenplay. Sadly, not too very long after filming the interview for this DVD, Mr. Cronyn passed away, in June 2003. Many backstage pictures are mixed in with the interview segments, including some eye-opening pics of the color camera equipment of the era. Color cameras during those days were more than "bulky" -- those babies were humongous! And via some still photos we can see just how cumbersome those cameras were, circa 1948.
>> The Original Theatrical Trailer for "Rope". -- I absolutely love this unique trailer. It really (in a way) serves as a "deleted scene" from the movie. And shows us the film's murder victim ("David Kentley") before he falls prey to his killers' rope. The trailer has David (played by Dick Hogan) and his fiancee, Janet (Joan Chandler), sitting on a park bench, talking about their upcoming engagement. It's just a short scene, but sets up some of the plot points very nicely in just a few seconds. After David kisses his betrothed and leaves the park, this becomes more of a "conventional" trailer, with star Jimmy Stewart appearing on camera to narrate. Video quality for this color trailer is a bit splotchy and blurry in places, but still certainly in watchable condition. I think the introduction of the murder victim in this "added" scene was a very clever idea by the filmmakers. Trailer length = 2:25.
>> A very nice Photo Gallery (which has many behind-the-camera images).
>> Some text screens with film notes and cast bios. (There's a kind of funny little mistake in the DVD's bio of John Dall. Dall's character is referred to as "Shaw Brandon" on the text screen, instead of the correct name, "Brandon Shaw".)
Alfred Hitchcock directed more than 50 films -- with "Rope", his first venture into the world of "Technicolor", resting among my personal "Top 10 Hitch Flicks". This Universal Home Video DVD comes recommended by this Hitchcock enthusiast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tense and Unusual HItchcock Classic, April 16 2004
This review is from: Rope (Full Screen) (DVD)
Brandon (John Dall) and Philip (Farley Granger) are two rich, educated young men who think very highly of themselves indeed. At college, they were taught by Rupert Cadell (James Stewart) who, having read a little too much Nietzsche, explained to them there that, for truly superior people, murder need be no crime. They have taken this ugly lesson just a little too much to heart and so, just for fun, they kill their friend David. Then, his body hidden in a chest, they hold a dinner party for his parents, his girlfriend, the girlfriend's ex-boyfriend and Cadell himself. David is invited too, but of course, he doesn't show up. But Philip, especially, is decidedly nervous and, as the evening progresses, Cadell starts to smell a rat...
Technically, this is one of Hitchcock's most consciously experimental pieces of film. There is no music at all, except over the credits and in a couple of scenes where Philip plays the piano. And it is made to at least appear to have been shot in a single very long take. In fact it is not and there are a few cuts that maintain an appearance of seamlessness by taking place as the shot passes across some dark surface like the back of a jacket. This contributes nicely to the tension. It does has a certain awkward consequence however in that the action is thereby set in real time and it takes some suspension of disbelief to accept that a society dinner party might last about 45 minutes from start to finish. (It also means that, whether you think this is a movie worth buying or just one to rent, it would be particularly criminal to watch it on TV with commercial interruptions.) Another nice technical touch exploits the location of Brandon and Philip's apartment high in New York and close to some neon signage. For much of the film it is daytime outside but in the scenes towards the end as a climax approaches, a surreal, nightmarish atmosphere is created by the slow by constant modulations of colouring of the light that result.
This is Hitchcock's first movie collaboration with James Stewart who does an excellent job playing a smart intellectual type who gets a nasty shock when he finds two of his students putting into action the clever sounding but disgusting ideas he thought he was so smart in expounding. It's a rather nice study in the perils of a shallow predeliction for novel, supposedly "advanced", moral thinking. (Brandon and Philip, arrogant patricians killing for fun, will have recalled to an American audience of the time the famous '20s case of Leopold and Loeb.) The movie is a interesting moral fable and also a nice, if slightly stagy thriller. It's not one of Hitchcock's greats but it's certainly no dud. There are no high-drama moments of nailbiting suspense but instead a constant uncomfortable tension as social events unfold in an apartment where only two of the participants know there is a fresh corpse in the cupboard just under all those fancy dinner goodies and their nerves are starting to fray...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A unique showcase for Jimmy Stewart, Feb. 17 2004
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Mark Hite (Columbus, OH) - See all my reviews
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The merits of Hitchcock's experimental film ROPE have been endlessly debated. (See below!)
What I find fascinating about this film is what it reveals about the skill of the actors, especially Jimmy Stewart. In an ordinary film, a performance is as much the creation of the director and editor as it is the actor. The choice of takes and angles, the pace of the cutting, etc. all work to enhance or subdue an actor's work. In ROPE, with its continuous 10 minute shots, the actors' work is plainly revealed. As in a live play, they are on their own to maintain the pace and the intensity of the drama.
Hitchcock's cast doesn't ever let the energy flag. Farley Grainger and John Dall tear right into the opening, visibly sweating their way through the early murder scene. The drama shifts tone with the introduction of each new actor, but it is not until Jimmy Stewart enters that the movie snaps into place. Where the others are intense and theatrical, Stewart is comfortable and deceptively easy-going. Watch how skillfully he alters the tension and shifts the mood with his control of movement and voice. Even when he is on the edge of the scene his reactions give the drama focus. This is one of Stewart's most underrated performances. He enters this stagy drama, takes a deep breath, and makes it fascinating and fun to watch.
This is still Hitchcock, of course. Note the pacing of the camera, the elegant set and moody lighting, and the cleverly suspenseful use of music. But ROPE I think is most interesting for this unique opportunity to study Jimmy Stewart's skill as an actor.
Watch it again and see what you think!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cinematic experience., Jan. 10 2004
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I don't mind what Hitchcock himself thought later of the film, or how did it fare at the time it was released. The fact remains that it, seen in a big screen and in an appropiate environment it is admirable and a little scary.
The technique used (and the fact that technicolor was used) makes that you feel yourself in the apartment, what, considering that a crude murder is performed at the beginning, is somewhat disturbing. The most impressive performance is that of John Dall (as Brandon Shaw), and the girl, Joan Chandler, is also extraordinary. So is Sir Cedric Hardwicke, in a contemporary paternal role (no shakespearian trimmings). Of course, James Stewart is rather miscast. A more somber senior actor should be used, the kind of James Mason or Charles Boyer.
In the interview, Arthur Laurents seems bent on the idea that this is a homosexual picture, or that homosexuality is its underlying matter. It is true that Brandon and Phillip (John Dall and Farley Granger) work in fact as a couple, and a special relationship between them is sensed. But nothing is explicitly said, on the contrary, Brandon Shaw counts himself as one of the former "romances" of the girl (Joan Chandler).
The unfortunate fact is that from time to time, someone has tried murder as an experience, for the thrill of it, and the play from which the film comes (Patrick Hamilton's) was inspired by the Loeb and Leopold case, back in the twenties, who where exactly as the characters in the film, a homosexual couple, proud and arrogant of their imagined "superiority" and who killed a friend (?) in order to have a smashing experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars for film inspired by Leopold and Loeb case, Jan. 3 2004
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The first film that Hitchcock released through his Transatlantic Pictures company, Rope is an underappreciate minor classic. It's flawed to be sure but this unusual experiment was shot in long takes an unusual approach for Hitchcock. The story was inspired by the Leopold and Loeb murder case and their obsession with the superman theories of Nietzsche.
Philip (Farley Granger)and Brandon (John Dall)have committed the murder of an old classmate for the thrill of it. They invite over mutual friends, the father and mother of the victim and their old prep school master Rupert (Jimmy Stewart)who first introduced them to Nietzche's theories. They drape a table cloth over the trunk where the dead body rests.
Written by Arthur Laurents and Hume Cronyn from the play Rope's End by Patrick Hamilton, Rope allows Hitchcock to indulge in a number of unusual cinematic experiments. It was Hitchcock's first movie to be shot in color and the entire 80 minute film is shot on one set with the skyline gradually changing. If Hitchcock had gotten his ideal cast the film might have been quite different; originally Hitchcock wanted Carey Grant for the role Stewart player and Montgomery Clift as Brandon.
The transfer is good although there is some edge enhancement and some analog and compression artifacts (although they aren't a huge problem). The vivid 3 strip Technicolor process comes to life on this DVD. The colors are pretty close to the version I saw screened. I should note, though, that I originally saw Rope at the UCLA Theater Arts Archive in black and white (a color copy wasn't available) on a Movieola and it was a nitrate print so I'm comparing it to versions that were released much later than the original.
While Rope isn't a perfect Hitchcock excursion, it's an enjoyable and admirable one that features a number of interesting visuals, strong performances and an interesting thought provoking story. The extras on this edition are quite nice as well including a feaurette entitled Rope Unleased, production photos and notes. Sadly, no extensive outtakes exist for Rope and everything that was written was, for the most part, shot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A witty elegant essay on murder, Oct. 29 2003
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Ian Muldoon (Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia) - See all my reviews
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Some may argue there is nothing witty about murder, which you see in this film in the first few minutes committed by two elegantly dressed and well groomed handsome men on another elegantly dressed and handsome man in a well appointed apartment with a magnificent view of the city. Moreover, these two dandies just have to SEE if they can commit the perfect murder. In some ways the film is not just a meditation on good and evil, and at heart, the ethics of killing another human being, but also considers the recreation activities of those who have "everything". When one has every material advantage, the biggest house, the most exprensive car, a lover, drugs (presumably) what now for fun? And what if you are among the most intelligent and well educated individual on earth, doesn't that make you better than others and give you the right to make decisions over others lives? Especially the stupid, the unattractive, the lazy, the disabled - from here isn't it a small step to those of a different race, different culture? ROPE may be an allegory too for all those suited Foreign Affairs experts in their suits making recommendations about which country to bomb next. Then again it may just be another elegant transformation of a theatre piece to titillate the jaded appetite of those satiated by too much drawing room comedy. Richly photographed in colour, with outstanding actors. Worth owning.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Another Murder for Hitchcock, Oct. 23 2003
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If, deception, and suspense intrigues you, then Alfred Hitchcock's film Rope is your movie. Its about two young men who murder there prep school mate. They try to show there intelligence and superiority by inviting David's closest friends and family over for a party. The guests are unaware that David's dead body is right under their nose.
This film is one of the most boring films I have ever watched. The plot takes place in a lavish penthouse where two school mates, Brandon (Dall) and Phillip (granger) who plan out this murder, strangling their classmate David with a rope. Brandon feels there superior to David and that murder is an art when done right. Through out the film they invite David's close family over, fooling them on David's where about, so they think. Rupert (Stewart) who inspired the two men to do this, tries piecing together the missing David. This film being classified as a thriller is a joke. Britney Spears film Crossroads was as much as a thriller as Rope. Sense the viewers already know who killed who; they have to sit through eighty minutes of hell, knowing they're going to get caught.
The acting in this film was mediocre. John Dall (Brandon) did a good job on portraying an arrogant young man on top of the world. He was so cocky with his sly remarks about David, to the others at the party, that I hoped he got caught. Farley Granger (Phillip) also did a good job portraying a weak minded person who gets pushed around by his friends. Another actor who did an above average job on his character was James Stewart (Rupert). He was the enlightening teacher who thinks his views have meaning and importance. As for the rest of the cast, I thought there performances were appalling. Constance Collier (Mrs. Atwater) was horrible. She looked like she was trying to hard, and I think a five year-old could have acted better then her. Joan Chandler (Janet) had her weaker points. Her character seemed like an air head, and she didn't fit the part right.
After seeing other films Alfred Hitchcock films, like Psycho and The Birds, this film is a toss up with The Birds as one of the worst films I have watched. I would rather been put through the Chinese torches then sit through it, let alone watch the entire thing. An aspect of the film that mad e it seem boring and pulled along was that there was only one setting for the entire film. This made it hard to pay attention and made the film seem quite dull. Another negative attribute was that the film did not feel like a thriller because there was no action since the entire film was in one confined area.
Throughout Hitchcock's film career, he has put together many masterpieces and classic film that people look back on still to this day. He is full of surprises in his films, bring never before seen work to his film era; well Rope should have never been seen. This film drags on for eighty minutes, pulling horrible acting and camera work along with it. I would chop my two thumbs off, rather then use energy to point them down. Unless film viewers are looking for something to fall asleep to, I strongly suggest not watching the film Rope!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rope Not So Hot, Oct. 23 2003
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Rope Not So Hot
Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 movie, "Rope," lacks anything to make it appealing. After watching this mind-numbing film, I would have to say its not a movie anyone would want to fritter $6 to go see at the theatre. This dull movie is set in an apartment complex. In this film, the main characters are Brandon, Phillip, David, and Rupert. Hitchcock's main idea in this motion picture was to have Brandon and Phillip attempt a planned out stunt murder on one of their close friends just for the thrill of it. There wasn't an exact reason why they committed the murder on David but they just wanted to prove to themselves how nicely they planned out the murder and how everything worked out so smoothly as planned, showing their intellectual superiority. After the murder, Brandon and Phillip decide to celebrate their success by having a party in their apartment. They invite guests to their party as though they think they haven't got in enough trouble as it is.
The setting in this film takes place in an apartment. Throughout the whole movie, the setting does not change at all. It is boring and the only place that the characters go is from one room to another in the apartment. There isn't much to look forward to, and the audience feels confined.
The plot in this film wasn't anything too special. The whole murder act could have been unmistakably performed and settled without all the other things that happen throughout the film. To the viewers, many may think of Brandon and Phillip's murder as being stupid. Who would honestly set up a party after their murder to celebrate what they have done? If that isn't bad enough, why would anyone keep the dead body in the apartment and not get rid of it? Not only did they keep it in the chest in the apartment, they even put David's body in the chest and use the chest as the serving table.
The after-murder party was positively a good way to assist Hitchcock's film hold it's high suspense. Brandon's decision to hide David's body into a chest increases the movie's suspense. Not only did he place the dead body in the chest, he uses the chest as a serving table for food during the party. Besides that, the film really gets going when the maid decides to clean up after the party is over. She clears off the food on the chest and is about to store some books back into the chest, where they belong. Brandon stops her from opening it and grabs the books away from her. As the party eventually ends everyone grabs their coats and hats. Rupert is handed David's hat by mistake and his initials are inside of it. Throughout the entire party everyone was wondering where David could be, and with Rupert finding the hat, it really kept the suspense building at this point of the movie.
As for the acting in this film, the characters did a fine job portraying their characters. John Dall, who played as Brandon, did a good job as the lead and chief of the murder. He tries to keep Phillip from ruining their perfect murder. Phillip is so frightened and nervous that he eventually spills the beans. Rupert little by little comes suspicious and was wonders what could ever happen to David. Joan Chandler as Janet played a good part in the film also. She was one of the few that were more worried about David's disappearance. Her sadness towards David's absence causes many of the guests at the party to be more concerned and cautious.
Overall I think this movie is one of Hitchcock's worst. The setting is boring and does not seem to move onto anywhere. The plot is okay when it comes to the perfect murder gone wrong, however the suspense throughout the movie gets better as the movie progresses. The characters played a good role as whom they were which helped out the film. This movie would be worth going to if you have nothing else to do and if you want to waste time. The setting and the whole plot line weren't too great. It was definitely not one of Hitchcock's classics.
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