The movie Rope, directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1948, was astonishing. And it is especially so when you add the fact that it based on a true story. Woah! The concept of murder as an art or intellectual form is so bizarre. We’re used to seeing crimes of passion in our Hollywood and Cable daze but to see a murder done so cold blooded? Again, woah! It’s so well done even if the screenwriter had interesting criticisms of it in the special features.
Karen wasn’t sure if Jimmy Stewart was right to play the ‘intellectual father’ of the crime Rupert Cadell but I don’t know. It’s weird to see him in a role where he isn’t the nice guy he was type-cast in usually. Perhaps that’s another reason why Hitchcock was such a genius. He could see beyond the Hollywood gloss. This was the first of 3 collaborations between these 2 giants. Rear Window and Vertigo were to follow which are the more famous and both of which I’ve seen and been impressed by. This earlier work was new to me.
One thing that struck me was one of the special features on the DVD. Apparently Hitch spent some time in Germany working in the German film industry in technical capacities which seems to be left out of his wikipedia entry. I hadn’t heard that before but the point they were trying to make was that Hitchcock’s film-making was imbued with much more than directorial genius… he was a veritable cinematic polymath. He knew everything to do with the movies.
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