Rope (1948)

Cinema Classics Seminar: Rope

Hitchcock: Close Quarters!
Tuesday, July 17, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Instructor: Andrew Owen, Ph.D., Department of Sociology and Criminology, Cabrini University
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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Alfred Hitchcock undertook the making of Rope (1948) as a stunt of sorts. Adapted from Patrick Hamilton’s play about two smart, affluent college students fascinated with murder (modeled after the notorious Leopold and Loeb case), Hitchcock designed the film to play out in real time, unfolding almost entirely in (what appears to be) a single, uninterrupted shot.

Beyond the enormous technical challenges, the project gave Hitchcock the opportunity to peel back the complacent covers of decorum and polite discourse to reveal the darkness of human motivation and scientific exploration. Released during the early years of the Cold War, as the U.S. and U.S.S.R. grappled with the limits of science and the boundaries of ethics in their race for nuclear superiority, Hitchcock’s film is arguably more relevant to its historical moment than a potent anti-war classic like Kubrick’s Paths of Glory (1957). The first of the director’s four collaborations with James Stewart, Rope, as Hitchcock fans might expect, leaves the audience uneasy and complicit in the aftermath of its inquiry into the science of destruction conducted without the hindrance of conventional moral sensibilities. Decades after its release, it remains, in the words of Roger Ebert, “one of the most interesting experiments ever attempted by a major director working with big box-office names.”

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. Students meet in the 2nd floor Multimedia room for an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. The film itself is shown in one of our theaters. Your ticket for the screening, as well as popcorn and a drink, are included with your registration.
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    6:30pm 2018-07-17 18:30:00 2018-07-17 21:30:00 America/New_York Cinema Classics Seminar: Rope Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA