Monday, 1 March 2010

Rope 'Alfred Hitchcock' 1948



















It's true to say this film intends to challange the industry, and the way which we perceive film entirely, in terms of camera technique as well as reflecting on themes within society at the time, conveyed through the characters in the story......










In terms of plot, it's relatively pretty simple, two guys kill one of their friends to see if they get away with, inviting people over straight over.... the story however, complete uplifts that statement, with it's theatrical like perfomance, the acting played as rather a interactive tool to enhance the expression and dialogue, with the two characters main characters (which are highly contrasted and hinted at as being sexually involved) almost monloguing in the begining, (especially with the starring off into the distance gaze) it's amazing how over the period of the film, we are secluded to the confines of just one room, (with shots that frame the characters in such a way it gives the sense of a much larger scaled room, particualr paying tribute to the crossing the linewhere the characters rise and fall....and it's clear to see that there are some strong techniques with the way he invites us in the the belivablity of the characters, the biggest factor that captures the sense of suspence to the core, would be the use of 'Backstory' employed as the catalyst to the downward spiral of the characters in the film....

It goes without saying, that the strong use character in the film, for example James Stewart's 'Rupert' who completely cracks open the two characters Facade in such a relating to the 'Backstory', with staments to the 'Chicken Inccident', and 'The Bride In The Case' with the use of his  philisophical intellect, alongside other strong characters, like the alicous Brandon, smirking at trying to justfiy his actions, his cunning his manipulations fall in in hinderance to a fidgety Phillip, who gradually breaks under Ruperts pressure, but the discovery of the events that took place previous is certainly suspense in a nut-shell....















A element of film which seems to be lacking in today's industry is the patience of telling a story, that said, Hitchcock leaves nothing unsaid, at the same time keeping information about the goings on in the film and the
it's backstory hidden to a degree, to intice the audience to figure out what wheels are turning, and it's with this suspense, the build up of the lack of information is captured and executed to such an extent, it's at that point you begin to realise you how effective Hitcock really is, and how he irrevocably has you in the palm of his hand.....in comparison to the rush of today's industy, that almost play to the audience's needs...
















The part that really sells the film, and sets it apart form so many is the use, or rather lack of editting, which uses almost sneaky techniques involving closing in on the back of a character, and back out to allow an almost constant flow of time, which portray this 'Theatre-like' atmosphere (along with the overlay of characters conversation) it just goes to show just how much editting goes into modern day film, it appeared almost frustrating at first, and tense, becuase I wanted the scenes to hurry, but it's in that sense which enhance the suspense even futher, for example, the swinging door with rope (Which is a brillant piece of footage, which reminds me of a 'Watchman Scene' with Rorschach), and then build up to the chest almost being opened, really challanges the viewer as to what side to take almost, through all the tension provided.....that said, it's a definate peice of film to which to really get to the core of editting.....and it's absence....

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