Rope ★★★★★

The second most memorable window from Hitchcock. I'd like to rewatch Birdman and see if there are purposefully created dialogue, shots or set pieces. Jimmy Stewart is uniquely enthralling, for some inexplicable reason he reminded me of Brad Pitt. House on Haunted Hill (1959) seems undeniably similar and/or influenced by this picture.

Now, to the meat on it's visual bones, Rope wrestles around quite a bit with the idea of the Übermensch. It's unclear to me if this is simultaneously tackling the racism in America or simply aimed toward the injustices that took place before and during WWII. Anywho seeing as it's only been 4 years since the end of WWII, it's also a bit naive. It makes superficial correlary with some of the broadest idea's cast about by Nietzche in Thus spake Zarathustra (Also sprach Zarathustra). And yet, by the end you realize Hitch and the screenplay were making this mess on purpose. They set up good ol' Jimmy Stewart to lay the misreading the Nazi's gave of Nietzche's work plain; by what right do you decide who should live and die based on someone elses ideas you heard?

The actual quotes from this masterwork finale are:

"Brandon, Brandon, til this very moment this world and the people in it have always been dark and incomprehensible to me. And I've tried to clear my way with logic and superior intellect. And you've thrown my own words right back in my face, Brandon. You were right to. If nothing else, a man should stand by his words. But you've given my words meaning that I never dreamt of! And you've tried to twist them into a cold, logical excuse for your ugly murder! Well, they never were that, Brandon. And you can't make them that. There must have been something deep inside you from the very start that let you do this thing. But there's always been something deep inside me that would never let me do it, and would never let me be a party to it now." -Rupert
"What do you mean?" -Brandon
"I mean that tonight you've made me ashamed of every concept I ever had of superior or inferior beings. But, I thank you for that shame, because now I know that we are each of us a separate human being, Brandon, with the right to live and work and think as individuals, but with an obligation to the society we live in. By what right do you dare say that there's a superior few to which you belong? By what right did you dare decide that that boy in there was inferior and therefore could be killed? Did you think you were God, Brandon? Is that what you thought when you choked the life out of him? Is that what you thought when you served food from his grave? I don't know what you thought, or what you are, but I know what you've done. You've murdered! You've strangled the life out of a fellow human being who could live and love as you never could, and never will again." -Rupert
"What are you doing"? -Brandon
"It's not what I'm going to do, Brandon. It's what society's going to do. I don't know what that will be, but I can guess. And I can help. You're going to die, Brandon, both of you!
You're going to die." - Rupert

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