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Rope

Alfred Hitchcock's legendary 1948 experiment with a continuous-take cinema. The entire 80-minute film consists of only 10 or 12 shots, with the shifting emphases of Hitchcock's gliding camera taking the place of traditional montage techniques. The style is extremely claustrophobic and controlling, which matches the theme of the Patrick Hamilton play on which the film is based: two epicene young men (Farley Granger and John Dall) arbitrarily murder a college classmate, place his body in a trunk in the middle of their apartment, and then invite the victim's friends and family for a cocktail party. Hitchcock liked to pretend that the film was an empty technical exercise, but it introduces the principal themes and motifs of the major period that would begin with Rear Window. With James Stewart, Joan Chandler, and Cedric Hardwicke.

Credits

Director:

  • Alfred Hitchcock

Cast:

  • James Stewart
  • John Dall
  • Farley Granger
  • Joan Chandler
  • Cedric Hardwicke
  • Constance Collier
  • Edith Evanson
  • Douglas Dick
  • Dick Hogan

Writers:

  • Patrick Hamilton
  • Hume Cronyn
  • Arthur Laurents
  • Ben Hecht

Producers:

  • Sidney Bernstein
  • Alfred Hitchcock

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