Rope (1948)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock Run Time: 80 min. Rating: PG Release Year: 1948

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

About the film:

Two young men strangle their “inferior” classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the “perfection” of their crime.

Hitchcock’s first film in glorious Technicolor, and with hidden edits and long takes, he created the illusion of filming in real time with a single camera. Read about other famous long takes by filmmakers, like the Copa shot from Martin Scorsese in Goodfellas and the entirety of last year’s Academy Award-winning epic film 1917 from Sam Mendes.

As with many of his films, Hitchcock toed the line with appeasing industry morality standards, seen in this original New York Times article from 1948 on his newest film, Rope.

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