Alfred Hitchcock also experiments with Rope by making it seem in “real time.” The film has only ten shots giving it a more “trapped” feeling that might cause the contemporary filmgoer to have a panic attack. The gay lovers, Brandon and David, decide to play a game with the family of the young friend they just killed. They hide the young man’s body inside a chest which is also used as a table for their food buffet. Brandon constantly taunts the guests talking about the “art of killing” and the “superman.” The two young men’s professor, Rupert(played by James Stewart), picks up almost immediately what Brandon is getting at.
Although only running a little over 80 minutes, Rope seems much longer. The reason for this is most likely in it’s limited amount of cuts and that the entire film is essentially shot in one room. Alfred Hitchcock was a master of psychology and suspense, and Rope is a perfect demonstration of that. Rope is a good example of the theory that ambiguity is much more powerful than being blatant. This is the main reason why “Hitchcock rip off” hack Brian De Palma will never come close to Hitchcock’s greatness.
Alfred Hitchcock would later tackle the odd sexuality of Norman Bates in his masterpiece Psycho(1960). But Unlike Bates, the young men in Rope are completely conscious of their sadistic behavior. As the viewer(or at least for me), I couldn't decide whether or not I wanted the two young men to be caught. Either way, the suspense leading up to the film’s conclusion was brilliant. Alfred Hitchcock was a director much more interested in planning the stages(as he had stated himself)of filmmaking than the actual directing, and Rope is a perfect example. The film is an experiment in cinematic technique and the questionable behavior of a so-called diseased brain(like Nietzsche himself).