James Stewart stars with Farley Granger and John Dall in this highly charged 1948 Alfred Hitchcock thriller that has intrigued fans because of its chilling subject based on a true story and its unique 'unedited' cinematic style. Granger and Dall are two friends who strangle a classmate for intellectual thrills and then proceed to invite his family and mutual friends for dinner - with the body stuffed inside the trunk they use for a buffet table. Their former teacher (Stewart) suspects wrongdoing. Before the night is over he finds out how brutally his students have twisted his own academic theories.from£5.69 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play James Stewart stars with Farley Granger and John Dall in this highly charged 1948 Alfred Hitchcock thriller that has intrigued fans because of its chilling subject based on a true story and its unique &39;unedited&39; cinematic style Granger and Dall are two friends who strangle a classmate for intellectual thrills and then proceed to invite his family and mutual friends for dinner - with the body stuffed inside the trunk they use for a buffet table Their former teacher (Stewart) suspects wrongdoing Before the night is over he finds out how brutally his students have twisted his own academic theories Actors James Stewart John Dall Farley Granger Cedric Hardwicke Constance Collier Dick Hogan Douglas Dick Edith Evanson & Joan Chandler Director Alfred Hitchcock Certificate PG Year 1948 Languages English - Dolby Digital (10) Mono
Believing themselves to be intellectually superior to their contemporaries, flatmates Brandon (John Dall) and Philip (Farley Granger) murder their friend David Kentley purely to see if they can get away with it. They then throw a cocktail party, serving food from the top of the trunk where they have hidden David's body. Their guests include both David's father and fiancée, as well as college lecturer Rupert Cadell (James Stewart), who becomes increasingly suspicious as the evening wears on. Director Alfred Hitchcock constructed the film out of ten continuous reels, making no use of his usual montage technique and keeping cuts to a minimum.
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Rope Grant Morrison
The word 'masterpiece' is battered around review circles and the word is now exhausted. But I am going to bring it out of its iron lung and use it for this movie. Slap me in the wrists if you want but this movie deserves to be called a masterpiece.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock the master of suspense, or as I affectionately call him - Alfred, stars John Dall and James Stewart in a story about two young males in their quest to perform the perfect murder. Is there such a thing as a perfect murder? Will Brandon and Phillip get away with murdering their old classmate David Kentley...These questions will not be answered in this review, but they are indeed explored and answered in the movie.
Anyways back onto the meat on the review bones. I simply cannot go any further without commenting on the superb performance by John Dall. In this movie he just personifies charisma. If charisma could be bottled, John Dall would have become a very rich man indeed. Eau de John Dall would be this world's biggest seller and you would attract the opposite sex at the drop of a top hat. Unfortunately nobody has ever thought of bottling charisma and Eau de John Dall is nothing more than a distant, distant pipedream.
James Stewart cannot go without a mention; after all he is James Stewart. Stewart plays Rupert Cadell, the gentleman's former prep-school headmaster. And it is perhaps his discussions of the art of murder and the ideas of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche that spurred the two murders into the state they find themselves in. But enough of that, that would be spoiling the plot and we wouldn't want to do that would we. After all we may have to talk about some Greek Mythology in regards to this film....Maybe not.
James Stewart is another actor that can just ooze sophistication and glide through scenes almost effortlessly. He did have some trouble in this movie however, and I will talk about it slightly later on. But in this movie James Stewart still shines, but in my personal opinion James Dall outshines him as Brandon.
What I have yet to mention is that this film is actually based on a stage play of the same name by Patrick Hamilton, and it certainly shows in the movie. But is a very good way indeed. It has been shot as to appears as one continuous long shot in real time. Therefore during filming, if an actor or actress for that matter made just one mistake in one of the ten minute chunks they filmed in, the result was ten minutes of mistakes. Incidentally Alfred Hitchcock called the film an 'experiment that did not work'. But Alfred you should never have been this dishearted about this project. There are scenes in the film that just glow with greatness. Avoiding spoiling the movie I am going to have to tip toe around a few scenes before settling on an example to talk about. Fear not, I have found one.
There is a scene in the film in which you watch the maid Mrs Wilson clear up a few plates of food that are left over from the dinner part that occurs in the apartment. Interesting stuff I hear you all cry, and you would be correct. The chest in which the plates lie contains a very dark secret indeed, and for the minute or so you watch the maid get ever closer to the macabre delight that awaits in the chest your anxiety levels begin to increase. And dare I say it? You begin to feel sympathy for the murderers. Perhaps it is due in part to the fact you want the film to continue on, or perhaps it is due to the charisma I have talked ever so fervently about. Regardless of the reason, putting away dishes has never been as exciting as this, and that is one surreal experience you don't want to miss.
The conclusion is simple - Go buy the film. Then follow the purchase up by buying Psycho. Then follow that by purchasing Vertigo. Then follow that with Rear Window...
Wait, stop you purchasing plans there. What you should actually do is build a small affordable shrine on the man himself - Alfred Hitchcock, made out of Hitchcock DVD's and on every Wednesday you should pay it a visit. Thank him for all his contributions to cinema and thank him for being so brilliant for making movies such as Rope.
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