Classic Greek Suspense

Forrest 2022-04-19 09:01:42

The film is most praised for its long takes, it can be said that it is a quasi-one-shot movie. There is only one scene in the whole film, and there are only nine actors (including a dead person), which is similar to the way of expression in a drama. Each shot is more than ten minutes long, and the character's back is completely black for transition during editing. If the conditions at the time allowed and the film was long enough, Hitchcock might have really taken a shot. The actor's emotions are more coherent when performing, and they don't have to be called "cut" after a while, and then the interrupted emotions continue after a while. Different from the drama, it is not the performance of the actors that controls the rhythm and promotes the plot, but the scheduling of the camera, which is also the fundamental difference between the film and the drama.

At the beginning of the film, the two murderers killed the victim, hid the body in a bookcase, and then arranged tableware and food on the bookcase to hold a party. It's the classic Hitchcockian suspense of putting bombs under the table and people sitting around playing cards. As those who attended the party realized the abnormality of the victim's delay in showing up, the murderer became more and more impatient and the suspense tightened. Until the end, the murderer finally revealed his flaws, and was seen through by the boss who was clearly discerning and brought the murderer to justice. During the whole process, the gradual advancement of the characters' dialogue and the subtle changes in the characters' emotions were all connected in series by the smooth scheduling of the camera, and pushed to the peak at the final moment. It is a pity that the climax of the whole film gave the boss a passionate lecture, which gave the film a slightly pedantic ending.

The fourth episode of the first season of the British drama "Crazy City" completed the tribute to the film with a 30-minute long shot from beginning to end, which should be said to be more interesting.

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Rope quotes

  • Rupert Cadell: Brandon's spoken of you.

    Janet: Did he do me justice?

    Rupert Cadell: Do you deserve justice?

  • Brandon: The good Americans usually die young on the battlefield, don't they? Well, the Davids of this world merely occupy space, which is why he was the perfect victim for the perfect murder. Course he, uh, he was a Harvard undergraduate. That might make it justifiable homicide.

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