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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Rope can be found here.
Rope is based on a 1929 British stage play (sometimes titled Rope's End) by English playwright and novelist, Patrick Hamilton [1904-1962]. This in turn was inspired by real-life killers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, who murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks in Chicago, in 1924.
Director Sir Alfred Hitchcock is said to make two appearances in Rope. In the opening scene he can be seen walking down the street (as confirmed by 'Rope Unleashed', a behind-the-scenes look at the film). About 52 minutes into the film, his outline can be briefly seen on a neon sign visible from the apartment window. Below his caricature is the word "Reduco."
British film-maker Sir Alfred Hitchcock [1899-1980] began making movies in the early 1920s and ended with Family Plot in 1976. In between, he made dozens and dozens of films, some of which (the earlier ones) have been lost. Some of his more well-known and best-loved movies include The Lady Vanishes (1938), Rebecca (1940), Suspicion (1941), Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946), Strangers on a Train (1951), Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960), and The Birds (1963).
No. Although the action of the film is continuous, it was not technically possible to film in one take, as the maximum length of a reel was approximately 10 minutes. The movie therefore consists of 10 reels, ranging in time from just over four minutes to just over 10. Trick photography is sometimes employed to disguise the cut (eg, having the screen darken momentarily as someone passes in front of the camera), but on some occasions there is a direct cut.
It is implied that Brandon and Philip were homosexual lovers. Scriptwriter Arthur Laurents, himself gay, later confirmed that it was intentional. It is not overt in the film, however, and is open to interpretation. Brandon states that he had once had a romantic relationship with Janet. They also have separate rooms in the apartment.
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