Movie longer than ‘Rope’

Alfred Hitchcock fans are being catered for by the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands with the continuing CineClub series.

On Monday, 21 January, the film on show will be “Rope”, the 1948 movie based on Patrick Hamilton’s 1929 play.

The play is a psychological one. On a late afternoon, two brilliant young aesthetes, Brandon Shaw (John Dall) and Phillip Morgan (Farley Granger), murder a former classmate, David Kentley (Dick Hogan), by strangulation in their apartment. They commit the crime as an intellectual exercise: they want to prove their superiority by committing the perfect murder.

Experimental movie

The film is one of Hitchcock’s most experimental and one of the most interesting experiments ever attempted by a major director working with big box office names, abandoning many standard film techniques to allow for the long unbroken scenes. Each shot ran continuously for up to 10 minutes without interruption. It was shot on a single set, aside from the opening establishing shot street scene under the credits. Camera moves were carefully planned and there was almost no editing.

The show is at Dart Auditorium at the National Gallery from 7 to 9pm. Suggested donation is $5 for refreshments.