The Retrospective: Rope.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Release Date: 28th of August 1948
Starring: John Dall, Farley Granger, James Stewart, Edith Evanson and Constance Collier.
Hitchcock is the master of suspense and all of his films have this element. There’s one film that isn’t mentioned as much as the rest. Almost forgotten amongst the likes of Psycho, Rear Window, Vertigo, Rebecca, Dial M for Murder and North by Northwest. Though they are all great, Rope is masterfully done and seldom seen; a film that is just an experiment at heart. It was Hitchcock’s first colour film and he used that to effect with a flashing neon light that illuminates the right side of the room. The film is an experiment about an experiment: committing the most perfect murder; so perfect that it’s an art form.