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A cake in the small box. A corpse in the large one.

Hitchcock’s 1948 film Rope is regarded by some as one of his lesser works, a mere gimmicky curio:

A movie made in what is supposed to be one long take, the better to recreate the experience of watching a stage play (which Rope originally was).

Because that would have been technically unachievable at the time — a Technicolor camera’s film cartridges had to be replaced every ten minutes — Hitchcock challenged himself to employ the fewest cuts he possibly could.

The finished movie features only ten, a mixture of traditional hard cuts and not very subtle dissolves.

Hitchcock later called Rope “an experiment that didn’t work out.”

It fell into semi-obscurity until a 1984 rerelease prompted critical reevaluations and introduced the movie to a new generation.

I’ve never understood why Hitchcock was disappointed with the movie.

Then again, I’ve always been very fond of Rope.

Its themes intrigue me.