Posted on 2/14/13 07:19 PM
Rope is a very weird but interesting Alfred Hitchcock film. It rationalizes murder at first, and talks about how it would help the world. It opens up with a man being strangled to death with a rope. Brandon Shaw (John Dall) and Phillip Morgan (Farley Granger) just committed the perfect crime, and they did it just to do it. They have some interesting points about their crime, but they are incredibly sick just to think of. They did it because everybody always talks about pulling off the perfect crime, but they never do it. It is an interesting idea for a film, but a really twisted thing to think of. That is what I meant about interesting but sick points. The murdered a man in his apartment just for the experiment of doing it, and seeing how they would get away with it. Brandon is proud of what he has done, but Phillip can't handle the guilt. Brandon tries to contain him while they throw a party at the same place. The whole movie takes place in that one apartment. Not once do they leave the house. They put the victim in a desk, and put food and appetizers on top of it. So people would be unknowingly eating off of his grave. The party was the final touch of their "Masterpiece." Rupert Cadell (James Stewart) has his own opinions about murder, and he rationalizes it. He believes that only the privileged should be allowed to do it. Part of the reason that Brandon and Phillip did it was because they wanted to impress him. I found the film to be interesting, but disgusting that it was actually glorifying murder at one point. It eventually shows how awful it was, and if it didn't I probably would advise against this, because it seemed like James Stewart's character was promoting murder. He eventually gets suspicious of what they have done, and he was talking about his opinions about murder at first, which made people angry, and they thought he was joking. He gets more suspicious because of Phillip being so nervous the whole night. Phillip can't take the guilt while Brandon is a sociopath and he has no conscious at all. The film turned out to be very good in the end. Not one of Hitch's timeless classics, but a good one. Alfred Hitchcock is the most interesting director of all time.