ROPE (1948) is Alfred Hitchcock’s murder/suspense film that showcases the killing in its second shot. ROPE is often described as having no editing… a film that plays out in real-time… but it had to hide the cuts due to the 10-minute film reel limits of the day. On further examination… Hitchcock’s gem actually contains 10 edits. Five of them are hidden as the camera lens is filled by foreground objects. The other five edits are regular hard cuts that not many people either realize or acknowledge. I’ve isolated all 10 edits in the video below so you can learn from the Master of Suspense on how to hide your edits without losing momentum in your story. I always knew that some of the cuts were hidden by camera wipes… but never realized there were 5 hard cuts hiding in plain view! It’s also interesting to note that the 10 edits switch between hard cut and dissolve in an alternating pattern. Was this done to maintain a subconscious rhythm to the editing? Was it accidental? I would find it hard to believe that Hitchcock left anything to chance… —Vashi Nedomansky
The story was nothing special: dapper secret agents, ribbed metal briefcases carrying confidential contents, double-crossing lovers with a penchant for the extravagant, motorcycle chases that defy physics. It could have been an episode out of any old spy series.
But the audience was gripped.
South Korean director Kim Jee-woon’s latest work features all of the usual staples fit for an action-adventure film, but it captivates its audience so thoroughly by other means. Kim, who recently directed The Last Stand starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, on Friday premiered his short feature The X using his country’s new multi-projection technology, ScreenX.