Hitchcock’s Rope

Hitchcock’s Rope was a forward thinking project for its unique use of the long take film technique throughout the entire film, as well as its taboo themes of homosexuality and the funniness of murder. Hitchcock referred to this film as an experimental “stunt,” and it received poor initial reviews from critics and audiences. However, these criticisms resulted from the fact that the movie itself was too far ahead if its time, and upon it’s rerelease in 1983, the film grew in stature as one of Hitchcock’s acclaimed films. The long take method was very tedious for Hitchcock, and this may have contributed to his overall dissatisfaction with the film. In order to shoot the movie, Hitchcock had to wheel the camera around on a specially designed dolly, which was even more difficult because this was Hitchcock’s first Technicolor film, and the camera was humongous. actors and actresses also had difficulty because they had to practice for weeks, and if they messed up eight minutes into the film then they had to start over. However, this film method ultimately creates a tense atmosphere in the movie because it feels drawn out. Audiences and critics failed to realize this importance of Hitchcock’s directorial vision.

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