The 10 Cuts in Hitchcock’s Rope

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Oct. 8 2013 3:50 PM

The 10 Cuts in Hitchcock’s Rope

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James Stewart is onto something in Rope

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Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity has gotten a lot of critical love for its technical derring-do—not least the very long takes that are arguably his cinematic signature. So it’s a good time to revisit Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope, a 1948 thriller that consists entirely of long takes. The film takes place in real time, and is sometimes described as one continuous shot—in fact, there are 10 cuts in the movie, which alternate between hidden dissolves and overt hard cuts, as Vashi Nedomansky demonstrates in the video below. (Note: There are serious spoilers for those new to the film.)

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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