Monday, 3 October 2011

rope - alfred hitchcock (1948)

Rope is another classic from Alfred, which involves an (apparently) perfect murder using (guess what) and James Stewart as Rupert Cadell (an old housemaster), working out what has happened. A very similar idea concerning guilt is in the rather fantastic book Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (in fact it is mentioned in the film), and there is a lot of talk about morality, supposedly superior people (Nietzsche and his superman ideas gets bandied about) and who gets to choose who should live or be killed (it was, after all, just after the Second World War). It was interesting to see a film done in real time and with long shots, but I thought the ending was a bit poor. However, l still enjoyed it, even with the over the top acting (and gay subtext).

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