Rope Film Review (1948)
Figure 1: Poster (1948)
Afraid Hitchcock's Rope is a psychological thriller film set in an apartment, the film starts in disequilibrium with the murder of David Kenley ( Dick hogan). The perpetrators of the murder are the main characters Phillip (Farley Granger) and Brandon (John Dall). The non-linear narrative fits the story well, it creates a sense of tension throughout the film, putting the spectators in state of constant suspense.
Figure 2: Murder scene (1948)
Rope was is praised and ridiculed for its use of one seemingly continual camera shot. The camera works very well if you see it as the spectators voyeuristic eye. It unable to cut away stuck in the same room as the characters as an invisible force documenting the events. Roger Ebert sees the cameras inability to cut around the room as a hindrance stating "there are moments when it seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time”( Ebert, 1984) which is a valid point. The problem with ropes camera work is the fact that the film is a dramatic play set on a stage with a film skin, making distinguishing whether camera works for a play or for a film is difficult.
Figure 3: Slap scene (1948)
Figure 1: poster. (1948) [poster] Available From: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8e/Rope2.jpg (Accessed on 16/01/2015)
Figure 2: Murder scene (1948) [Online image] Available from: http://38.media.tumblr.com/a07ac3c454ae46a95507c52eb33c3ab6/tumblr_n7a5p1ZQCt1qa8arko1_500.gif (Accessed on 16/01/2015)
Figure 3: Slap scene (1948) [Online image] available from: http://38.media.tumblr.com/d9630ee1bff5cc05c49ec733e14334ae/tumblr_n7a5p1ZQCt1qa8arko7_r1_500.gif (Accessed on 16/01/2015)
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