Movies | 18 | Rope



Perhaps Alfred Hitchcock has covered the theme of murder more than any other filmmaker has. Of course, in literature, several writers and creators have analysed, dissected, portrayed and even criticized the crime from a plethora of angles. But in the world of cinema, Hitchcock could have claimed for a special recognition for exploring the various scenarios, complexities and schools-of-thought around ‘murder’.

Rope is a unique feature by the great filmmaker which addresses murder from the view of those ‘superior’ beings who consider themselves ‘above’ the general masses – on one account or the other. Two former students of a liberal teacher kill their friend and hide his body in the living room trunk before dining with guests on it; as a challenge posed towards their teacher present at the scene. Frederick Neitzche, anyone?

Like most Hitchcock movies, this one too revolves around a small but complex theme; yet manages to keep you grappled for the length of it. Hitchcock has included several dialogues and conversations around death, murder and superiority amongst humans in the script. And the star of the movie is the familiar James Stewart – like many other Hitchcockian classics.

It is an interesting piece of cinema – they don’t make many like these any more.