Alfred Hitchcock

Rope 11 January 07

Section: hitchcock

Categories: Film / dvd-mine

A brilliantly carried out film, shot in one room/set (based on a play).

There is an undercurrent of suspense in the handling of the cityscape backdrops seen through the window. At least for me there is, as I occasionally observe the light and the position of the artificial clouds, checking for any change in position. Then just when I had given up, there is a shot with a shift in light and positioning of the clouds. Then of course as it gets dark the intervals between changes become shorter.

I noticed many idioms and phrases that seasoned the film with a dry humor:

  • knock’em dead
  • killing two birds with one stone
  • Rupert, you’re the end
  • open season for…
  • ...would be out of the running
  • all washed up
  • to lay a bomb
  • I could really strangle you
  • ...called it quits ages ago
  • has something gone wrong?
  • got up on the wrong side of the bed
  • ...were going at it hammer and tongs
  • what’s it all about (then a siren starts in the background)
  • I wish I could come straight with what I know
  • to throw a damper on something
  • I’m sure he’ll turn up
  • one guest, who must be gotten rid of
  • to tell you the truth
  • Now we’re done for
  • to be a party to it

Shot of the set

set photo

  • Title: Rope
  • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writing credits: Patrick Hamilton (play), Hume Cronyn (adaptation), Arthur Laurents (screenplay) Ben Hecht (uncredited)
  • Starring: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Cedric Hardwicke, Constance Collier, Douglas Dick, Edith Evanson, Dick Hogan, Joan Chandler
  • Cinematography: William V. Skall, Joseph A. Valentine
  • Year: 1948