Rope ★★★★

I've always wished for more artistic talent. Well, murder can be an art, too. The power to kill can be just as satisfying as the power to create.

The final film I'm watching before classes start up tomorrow, and another solid entry into the "gays commit crimes" subgenre of film. Alfred Hitchcock takes a good story and makes it a truly exceptional exercise stretching the limitations of cinema at its time. Told in one location, edited to appear as all being one uninterrupted eighty-minute long shot, the making of Rope alone is as daring as its plot. A story about men in a place of privilege, or "superiority", seek to test that by seeing if they can commit the perfect crime. About a third or so into the film, a discussion starts between the men's dinner guests, led by an always commanding Jimmy Stewart, about if beings that are superior inherently should have the right to murder those that are below them. What could have been a standard talkative suspense feature becomes a dissection of the concept of murder itself, and at its best, it's absolutely thrilling. If anyone would want to remake this today and just change the most minor details to apply it to a more modern setting, that could have the potential to be something really special. I recommended Rope for anyone interested in the "one take" method of filmmaking, as well as anyone like myself always on the lookout for more queer villains.

(A bit of a side note separate from this review, just to make it easier on myself for the next semester, I'll be trying to keep all of my reviews to two paragraphs at the most. I would love to do my longer pieces that I often do on here, but an average review for me takes about forty-five minutes to an hour to write up, and that's time I want to devote to maintaining my good grades. Beyond that, as always, thank you all so much for reading my stuff and junk on film.)


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