Release Date: 04 June 2007 | Certificate: Parental Guidance
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Based on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case (from which two other films COMPULSION and SWOON were also derived) ROPE both challenges and terrifies the audience. Alfred Hitchcock disdained the whodunit crime story which he felt lacked emotional force and ROPE shows the directors preference for letting the audience know more than the characters onscreen. The film opens as two young men (Farley Granger and John Dall) strangle a friend just to prove theyre intellectually capable of committing the perfect crime. To add to the amusement they hide the body in a trunk that will serve as the dinner table for a party honoring the deceased. The film hones in on an hour and a half of the party with the constantly moving camera capturing the changing emotional atmosphere as the guests grow increasingly concerned about the fate of the missing boy. ROPE is a directorial tour de force blending complex camera movement with intricate staging to present the entire story in near-real time in one location. Notably the adaptation of the play by Patrick Hamilton was written by perennial Hitchcock actor Hume Cronyn.

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Release Date: 04 June 2007
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 77 minutes
Production Year: 1948
Main Language: English

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Only Hitchcock could make a good movie out of this

One of his best remembered films but even slower and more claustrophobic than Rear Window. Apparently, to avoid any loss of tension, he had an actor walk in front of the camera at a changeover point to avoid any break in continuity. This made it appear that there was no scene change. (made in the style of Twelve Angry Men). Worth a look to judge for yourself.

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