"Reaper of Souls", after watching the film, we all became accomplices?

Andres 2022-04-21 09:01:44

In all fairness, Reaper of Souls wasn't Hitchcock's most successful film, but it was certainly a risky one. The entire film scene is set in that closed room, which is the murder scene. The long shots throughout, although the transition is ingenious, I have to admit that it is too long and monotonous. (In college, my teacher talked about this long shot. I really didn’t appreciate it.)

In this long shot that hardly needs any editing, it seems that you must rely on dialogue to promote the development of the plot. However, apart from the panic after the murder at the beginning of the film and the thrilling end of the film when the truth is revealed, the middle part feels a little procrastination. Those irrelevant constellation studies, gossip news, and the intricate love history of the heroine cannot arouse people's interest.

For a suspense film, this one is pale and weak compared to Hitchcock's other works. The beginning of the story is that two same-sex couples (?) Philip and Brandon deliberately kill their classmate David in order to prove that they are better than others and are so-called superior people. In fact, there is only one so-called suspense left, that is, whether the guests who come to the banquet can find that the body is actually hidden in the box where they ate.

However, based on our countless experiences in reading films, the general outcome is that justice triumphs over evil. Therefore, in terms of suspense, this film is obviously not attractive enough.

But the most attractive part of this film is that the audience unconsciously sweats for the murderer while watching the film, and even hopes that the evidence of the crime will not be discovered, so after the film ends, they are surprised to find that they have become the murderer's accomplice. Does this count as seducing public opinion? Hitchcock is a very wise and humorous director. He jokes with actors while filming, and likes to tease sponsors before the show starts. Of course, he can also be quiet. . . Shake the audience.

In almost every Hitchcock film, there are elements of murder, violence, insanity, psychopaths. He seems to like to explore this fringe emotional state, which is often the most original driving force of the thriller. In fact, everyone must have an urge to murder in their hearts, but they are increasingly suppressed under the constraints of morality and society, and are eliminated in the depths of their hearts.

At the end of the film, the professor began to suspect that strange box, and the moment he lifted the lid of the box, my heart even raised my throat, and all I was clamoring for was "Don't open it, don't reveal the identity of the murderers of the two of them." Then he felt ashamed and despised for his despicable act of helping others.

Hitchcock is definitely a master in this regard, he can play with the audience's psychology in applause with ease.

Of course, as a movie fan who watches the fun more than the doorway, it's not just this little psychological trick that attracts me. Hitchcock's films will never be without murder and love, as well as handsome men and women. I have to express my surprise again, how can a man in the 1950s be so handsome. Philip was handsome and vulnerable, Brandon was wickedly graceful, and even the shrewd and suspicious professor was dashing. The heroine was instantly killed as soon as she appeared on the stage, her elegant, refined, noble and intellectual temperament was simply unbearable to hold.

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  • Carmela 2021-11-13 08:01:22

    10 long shots of Hitchcock. Breathtaking. The stage effect is too heavy.

  • Joaquin 2022-03-27 09:01:04

    The long shot should guarantee the integrity of time and space and record the authenticity of time, but the one shot of this film violates this principle in the end, and this may be the only shortcoming of the film.

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.