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Hitchcocks Rope (1948) Its Production, Distribution And Exhibition, Film Techniques, Special Effects And Audience.

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The film that I have chosen to base my assessment on is Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948). With reference to this film I will closely examine its production, distribution and exhibition. I will also consider film techniques, special effects and audience. In examining all these factors I will also bear in mind the year and era of the production and the implications that may have occurred as a resultThe film that I have chosen to base my assessment on is Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948). With reference to this film I will closely examine its production, distribution and exhibition. I will also consider film techniques, special effects and audience. In examining all these factors I will also bear in mind the year and era of the production and the implications that may have occurred as a result.Rope, a screenplay based on a stage play by Patrick Hamilton, has been described by many as a milestone in Alfred Hitchcock's career with it being the first film he had produced as well as directed, his first colour film and possibly one of his biggest technical challenges.The film centres on the action of two young homosexuals Brandon (John Dall) and Philip (Farley Grainger). The two boys take a rope and strangle a college friend, David (Dick Hogan), for a quick thrill, and then conceal his body in a chest in a room where David's parents and friends are later to have a cocktail party. The boys serve the buffet on top of what now is David's coffin and this scene is given a sense of eeriness as we see candles lighten and placed on the chest adding a funeral sense to the scene which is only apparent to the audience. Among the guests at the party is their former college professor Rupert Cadell (James Stewart). As the party goes on, the boys' attempts to impress their former professor leads them to disclose bits of the truth, and the big hint occurs when they hand Rupert the wrong hat as he is leaving; a hat bearing the initials of the dead boy. Rupert returns to the apartment after the guests have left and continues to quiz the boys, he finally works out what has happened and opens the chest, discovering the body and summons the police with a short, sharp gunshot. The gunshot was a very clever way of breaking the tension which builds up throughout the scene.Alfred Hitchcock worked alongside Arthur Laurents who was responsible for creating part of the dialogue, the rest being taken from the original stage play. He also employed the help of Hume Cronyn who worked on the adaptation. Undertaking the challenge of Rope was a huge risk. It was a film like no other Hitchcock had ever made before and could have ended in disaster. There were many factors which made this production one of great risk: it was the first film he had produced as well as directed, it was his first colour production and the way it was to be filmed would prove the biggest challenge of all.Alfred Hitchcock is famous for his theories on the importance of cutting and montage* for the visual narration of a...

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