Monday, 6 October 2014

Classic movie of the month: Rope (1948)

Red Curtain Cinema is proud to start with this first weekly (or monthly in case of technical issues) edition of ''Classic movie of the week''!

Directed by the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock, Rope tells a simple story. Two men strangle to death a former classmate (David) to commit 'the perfect murder'. In order to achieve this, they hide the body in a large antique wooden chest and host a dinner with David relatives. His fiancĂ©e, father, aunt are invited but also the mysterious prep-school housemaster Rupert (the great James Stewart). Little by little, the hosts (John Dall and Farley Granger) will host unexpected events that will lead to unexpected outcomes.

Red Curtain Cinema recommends this film because we consider to be one of the best Hitchcock films.Adapted from a play, the camera wants to transmit this sense of reality and participation that we have at a theater. Long shots (11 minutes length shots!) have been made and the story gets darker along with an increasing suspense. All this intensity is managed with expertise, especially if we consider that the story occurs in a living room!

 Considered to be an ''experiment'' for a director with a big name, we cannot but only applause at the end of it. This movie teaches you that special effects, an intense editing and lyrical music are unnecessary when you have the actors and images that tells you something. Too bad this is a forgotten lesson by Hollywood today.

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