Rope ★★★★½

Filled with suspense and disgust as we're forced to watch the villains of the story titillate their guests as they tip toe around the murder they had just committed. Brilliantly acted, brilliantly structured, Rope is one of Hitchcock's best. I read an interview from him where he talks about the oner and how he doesn't think much of it. It isn't particularly because he had anything against or looked down upon it as a gimmick, but instead it taking away editing as a tool from the movie. I more or less agree. Admittedly, editing doesn't tend to stand out to me positively in old movies, I mostly feel neutral about it, but watching Rope, I did feel the absence of cuts in a negative way. I think cuts would have enhanced the viewing experience. For me the suspense came from the figurative bomb in the room, not from the lack of cuts. Asides from the technical aspects of the movie, I do absolutely adore that our hero has the same philosophy as the villains, except he would never dream of taking his worldview as far the killers have. Made for an intriguing watch and made me think how perfect of a narrative tool is to have someone question their beliefs, as someone who believes in the same thing, but in a much worse way.

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