Rope (1948)

Rope (1948)

His first color film was also one of "the lost 5 Hitchcock’s" bought back by director Alfred and left as part of his legacy to his daughter Patricia (along with The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) Rear Window (1954) The Trouble with Harry (1955) and Vertigo (1958)) and re-released in theaters around 1984 after a 30-year absence. Long on technique but short of much else though it does mark the first successful pairings with James Stewart (out of four) and Farley Granger (of two); it also features John Dall. The film was shot in a series of 8-minute continuous takes (the maximum amount of film that a camera could hold) and almost plays in real-time as well. The story is loosely based on the real-life Leopold and Loeb murders – Granger & Dall commit a murder hide the body in the room and challenge Stewart to unravel their crime and discover it. Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Constance Collier (among others) also appear.

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