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Classic and underrated Hitchcock gem
on 12 July 2008
Rope is a superb piece of cinema and a classic Hitchhock Thriller in the same vain as Rear Window. It's one of my favourite Hitchcock films, and one that I feel is sadly missed and often underrated. Based on a stage play of the same name, Rope is inspired by the infamous Loeb & Leopold murder case in 1920s Chicago.
In Rope two rich-kid roommates living in a large apartment in New York murder one of their friends (don't worry this is not a spoiler; it is the opening scene of the film). They then invite the boys parents, girlfriend and one of their teachers for dinner party with the dead body hidden in the room. What follows is a taut thriller and a deadly game of cat and mouse as the kids try to get away with the "perfect crime".
Rope is a triumph; the whole film is set in one space and Hitchcock uses clever camera techniques to give the impression that it is almost one long camera shot from start to finish. The superb acting by James Stewart (Rear Window), Farley Granger (Strangers on a Train) and John Dall bring the story to life and make this an unmissable thriller. Despite rave reviews (it scores 8/10 on IMDB), this is an often overlooked Hitchcock gem.
The DVD version is fairly light on extras and features. The version I have includes the film, with English and foreign language subtitles, plus a short "Making of" programme, a small art gallery and a compilation of original trailers.
Rope is an essential watch and should be in any film buff's collection; regardless of whether you're a big fan of Hitchcock. For £6 you can't go wrong with this DVD.