31 Days of Halloween- Day Five: Rope

My choice for tonight is one of at least three Hitchcock films I’ll be viewing this month. 

Two gents Brandon and Phillip strangle their “inferior” friend David just for the pure thrill of experiencing murdering and seeing if they can get away with it. They dump his body in a truck then throw a party surrounding it. Brendon is the smart one who thinks it’s all a game and loves the feel of almost getting caught. Phillip is the weaker worrier, he’s expecting to be found out by any or everyone. 

The party goes on with guests of David’s fiancée, his father and the guys’ former teacher Rupert (played by the greatness of James Stewart). When conversations shift between David’s whereabouts and the justification of murder, Rupert starts to suspect the boys of doing something to David. 

I love the idea of this film and how the guys kill David because they feel above him. They felt that he was worthless to them and that they were all mighty and powerful. Brendon felt so high on power and so sharp about their plan that he couldn’t believe that there was a way they would get caught. David’s dead body was just inches away from everyone at the party and no one but the guys knew. Brendon felt completely untouchable while Phillip would break out into a paranoia sweat whenever he heard David’s name. 

The film progresses between Brendon’s nonchalant attitude, Phillip’s breaking point and Rupert’s suspicion. When these three points meet in the film, well, it gets tense and all awesomely dramatic as one should expect from such a film. 

This film is up there on the skillful well-done list of Hitchcock’s work. 

4 thoughts on “31 Days of Halloween- Day Five: Rope

  1. Love Hitchcock! Recently bought a DVD of 4 of his films, Jamaica Inn, Easy Virtue, The 39 Steps, and Sabotage. I believe I've seen The Rope, but if I did, it was a long time ago.
    Great post!
    Dreaded Dreams
    Petunia Scareum

  2. One of the best film versions of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's CRIME & PUNISHMENT out there!

    Okay, I don't know if it was *officially* based on C&P, but the motive behind the crimes is the same, as is the reaction of at least one of the two murderers. Of course the Leopold and Loeb murders were probably a closer inspiration.

    Still, a great flick, and it's a testament to Hitchcock's unparalleled skill that after a while I stopped noticing the “one take” thing b/c I was so involved in the movie. Plus, Jimmy Stewart walked the earth like a GOD. This is a known fact. 😉

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