Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Review of Rope

Fig 1 Hitchcock Rope Poster

Two young men Philip and Brandon strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime. Which David is put in a chest as they party? This is very terrifyingly strange and disturbing. As how well Philip and Brandon commence with the party and deal with the tension directed to the chest.

Fig 2 Rope

The great use of camera shots directed of the characters. This uses the space of breaks. Canby, a writer states “However, his obsession with telling a story without resorting to the usual methods of montage, and without cutting from one shot to another, results in a film of unusual, fascinating technical facility, whose chilliness almost perfectly suits the subject.”(Canby 1984) the great technique that Hitchcock uses is taking the idea that zooming in the back of the character was only the time of the breaks thee characters in the film had. So being able to not use montage and create a film without any breaks.  But the whole perfect idea of the camera not stopping is great use of techniques. The drama and twist of the secret that Philip and Brandon are hiding is chilling and lifts the tension and suspense in the air.    

Brandon’s is very witty but is very insane. Which he finds killing someone a great thing to do? Schwartz, a writer states “The murder for the thrill of it pleases Brandon a great deal, as he views his insane act as a work of art; while Phillip reacts with fright and begins to come apart as the evening wears on.”(Schwartz 2008) Brandon’s character as he plays a part where using his intelligent mind to kill David and act like its winning a gold medal. That insanely it’s a great thing to do. Brandon finds it a work of art. Truly he’s a psycho and Philip is shocked to really understand what he has done. As the night wears on Philips drinking so much loses his mind more when he can’t take it when Rupert asks him questions. He always raises his voice. This causes a scene. As Brandon many times tells him to relax and watch what you say. But Philip can’t take much of all the lies.  The point of this scene shows a lot of build-up to Philip losing his mind. In the end doesn’t pay off.

The start as the camera leads on to the drawn curtains is a different approach. Croce a writer, states “The opening camera setup, looking down at the street before panning left to the outside of the pair's window, the killing taking place inside obscured by drawn curtains, shows not just the director's awareness of the small space separating life and death, but also how much of it he is allowed to show.” (Croce 2006) leads to the drawn curtains and an opening scene of David being strangled by a rope is a strange way of someone dying straight away. So it’s like going straight into the story of Rope. The interesting thing is the whole film is set in one room. So the tension is drawn to the room, but also to the chest so this is the chilling effect of the film leading to one place.  All the evolvement is linked to that one thing what the story is consisted to.  The director’s awareness is showing separateness of life and death. Also is giving the direct point to an early death to be unexpected. With draws on to the start of the story.

 List of illustrations:
Fig 1: Hitchcock Rope Poster URL at:
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Fig 2: Rope URL at:
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Vincent Canby (1984) ‘NY times’
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Dennis Schwartz (2008) ‘homepages
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Fernando F. Croce (2006) ‘slantmagzines’
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