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Rope – Hitchcock tricking you into seeing what’s “there” when it’s the unspeakable “there.”

Lisa Thatcher

I’ve had to watch a slew of Hitchcock in the last few weeks for work, and although I have seen so many of them I confess to having a marvellous time.  I can’t really pin point a very favourite Hitchcock film, but I will say Spellbound, Rebecca and Rope are the front-runners at this point. Rope, in my opinion has always been underrated.  It was a flop when it first hit the cinemas and really, Hitchcock was brave to venture out with James Stewart and a one room setting again immediately after with Rear Window, but of course this time (as we all know) he was greatly rewarded.

The story of Rope, for those of you who don’t know it, is based on the real life crime of Leopold and Loeb two young men who killed a third young man simply for the sake of killing him. For the film, this story is…

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