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03/28/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Can murder be Art???

'Humanity, It seems is for the weak and weary.’

Two young men, Brandon Shaw (John Dall) and Philip Morgan (Farley Granger), murder one of their classmates, David Kentley (Dick Hogan), for the sheer thrill of it just know what it feels like! Brandon, who is so satisfied by his "perfect crime", decides to host a going away party with David’s body stuffed in the old chest that serves as a buffet table. Among his guests are David's family and his girlfriend, as well as their former schoolmaster Rupert Cadell (James Stewart), whose ideas about a few superior individuals being privileged to murder inferior human beings are what triggered Brandon and Philip to strangle David with a rope.

Phillip, however, regrets doing it from the moment after it happens and it very uneasy throughout the m...

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03/18/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Rope" by Yojimbo

Two upper class intellectuals plan the "perfect" murder of an old school friend for the sheer thrill of it and hold a dinner party for his friends and family with the corpse hidden within the room. Rope is most famous for its "one shot" conceit as the story takes place entirely within the same room, Hitchcock concealing (albeit somewhat clumsily) the cuts between reels. I feel however that is the least interesting aspect of the film, as the ideas expressed within, the sharp dialogue and Hitch's usual ability to crank up the tension are the real reason why it works. Hitchcock plays with the audience, placing us in the room with characters, they and their conversations even being demoted to off-screen from time to time as he constantly reminds us of the foul deed that could be discovered at...

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01/21/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rope review

Brandon Shaw (Dall) and Phillip Morgan (Granger) strangles David to death. They still continue with the party for Mr .Kentley. Publisher Rupert Cadell (Stewart) suspects something and discusses about murder. Screenplay was well written with the following quotes: Janet – “There is a reason for everything.” “He’s never late.” Rupert –“You murdered! You choked the life out of a fellow human being who could live and love as you never could, and never will again!” “This world and the people in it have always been dark and incomprehensive to me.” “Did you think you were God Brandon.” “It’s what society is going to do.” Brandon – “We all do strange things in our childhood.” Its score was apt for certain scenes and the acting was good. Rope is one of the director’s well crafted pictures...

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12/24/2007 (0 of 1 found this helpful)


I usually like talky films, no matter what the genre, but something was seriously missing here. I think since it's a Hitchcock film, my expectations were automatically high, not considering the fact that this was the first colored film that Hitchcock directed and produced. I did like the real-time touch, the simplicity of the story, the electrifying performances (notably James Stewart), and the authentic dialogue back in the day. My complaint lies in the lack of extra "oomph" that I look for in thrillers. This picture could've been better if thrilling scenes were dispersed here and there rather than taking notice of nondescript images and character interactions throughout. Still, compared to a lot of modern thrillers out there, this is pretty good. With its short running time, I'll be wil...

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