Combustible Celluloid
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With: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Cedric Hardwicke, Constance Collier, Douglas Dick, Edith Evanson, Dick Hogan, Joan Chandler
Written by: Arthur Laurents, Hume Cronyn, based on a play by Patrick Hamilton
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80
Date: 08/23/1948

Rope (1948)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Loves Me Knot

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Many consider Alfred Hitchcock's Rope a failed experiment, but after seeing the film again on DVD, I call it a rousing success. Hitch takes on the Leopold-Loeb murder case, filming in one room in one continuous take (stopping only to change film magazines). Farley Granger and John Dall play the young couple that hides their corpse inside a table just before a dinner party. Jimmy Stewart steals the film as the bright professor who begins to suspect that something's up. The couple's homosexuality was covered up for the times, but is clearly implied. It was the first of Stewart's four films with Hitchcock, and Granger returned three years later in the master's Strangers on a Train. This story was filmed again as Compulsion (1959) and Swoon (1992).

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