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Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope

Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope

ROPE, Alfred Hitchcock‘s first color film, was adapted from Patrick Hamilton‘s stage play “Rope’s End” by no less than Hume Cronyn. Loosely inspired by the Leopold-Loeb case, the plot concerns two implicitly homosexual college chums, played by Farley Granger and John Dall. Their heads filled with Nietzschean philosophy by their kindly professor James Stewart, Granger and Dall kill a third friend just for the thrill of it. The boys hide the body in an antique chest in the middle of their posh apartment, then perversely arrange to hold a dinner party around the chest, inviting the victim’s family, friends and fiancee (Joan Chandler), as well as their intellectual role-model Stewart. As the guests wander obliviously around the sealed chest, the killers make snippy, veiled comments about their deed–never going so far as to reveal the existence of the body nor their involvement in the murder. As all the guests file out, however, professor Stewart begins to suspect that something is amiss. In ROPE, Hitchcock attempted the daunting technical challenge of filming the entire picture in one long, seemingly uninterrupted take. Actually, there are several edits in the movie: since a reel of film was divided into two ten-minute minireels back in 1948, the internal reel-breaks are “fudged” by having a dark object briefly obscure the camera lens, sustaining the illusion that no editing has taken place.

ROPE is not merely a stunt that is justified by the extraordinary career that contains it, but one of the movies that makes that career extraordinary.” (The New York Times)

Monday, August 20
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ROPE (Alfred Hitchcock, 1948 / 80 / PG) Just before hosting a dinner party, Philip Morgan  and Brandon Shaw strangle a mutual friend to death with a piece of rope, purely as a Nietzsche-inspired philosophical exercise. Hiding the body in a chest upon which they then arrange a buffet dinner, the pair welcome their guests, including the victim’s oblivious fiancée and the college professor whose lectures inadvertently inspired the killing.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window

Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window

“Mind if I use that portable keyhole?” Professional photographer L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries (James Stewart) breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard… Continue Reading

North by Northwest

North by Northwest

At one point (jokingly) titled The Man in Lincoln’s Nose, iconic auteur Alfred Hitchcock‘s North by Northwest represents something of a late-period departure for a filmmaker known primarily for horror; it’s a tightly-wound, intensely thrilling, and often witty take on the cinematic trope of mistaken identity that is widely regarded as one of his best… Continue Reading

The Birds

The Birds

Caw, caw. Join us for the ornithological film of your dreams (and nightmares), courtesy of the Master of Horror, Alfred Hitchcock. Tippi Hedren stars in her career-defining role as Melanie Daniels, a wealthy San Francisco socialite who pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town. Slowly, life takes a turn for the bizarre… Continue Reading

Psycho

Psycho

“A boy’s best friend is his mother. “ Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), is overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for… Continue Reading

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo

It’s been a good run, Orson… In 2017, after a whopping 50 years at the top of the Sight & Sound magazine’s esteemed poll of film critics, academics, cineastes and distributors that determines their “50 Greatest Films of All Time,” Orson Welles’ debut film CITIZEN KANE was ousted by Alfred Hitchcock’s 45th feature, VERTIGO.  An… Continue Reading