Rope ★★★★★

I'm ashamed to admit, but I watched this for the first time two nights ago.
It is unbelievable.
I added it to my queue when Letterboxd shared their list of movies for Pride month because it piqued my interest, I thought, "but really, a big studio movie in 1948, how gay can it be?" And I was pleasantly surprised!
The long takes, the set, the matte painting trade-outs, the performances, the controlled moves of the camera, the reveals, the ending, all incredible.
When they pan left to very simply introduce Jimmy Stewart, I shouted.
When they're talking about killing chickens in an uninterrupted 10 minute shot until Phillip shouts and they cut to Jimmy Stewart who realizes that something is up: such amazing craftsmanship.
To fuse the edit with the storytelling, to use the camera and sound to help tell the story shows a purposeful hand, and to wield that craft while entertaining audiences is to me, a sign of real masterwork.
I worry that I will be boring y'all with more Hitchcock reviews very soon.

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