The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Hitchcock/Truffaut Tapes #15

Under discussion in Part Fifteen: Rope (1948)


Nick Zegarac said...

Rope always gets bad reviews for Jimmy Stewart. Okay, in the context of the original narrative (where his Rupert is supposed to have had a homosexual affair with one of the young men who participated in the murder) he doesn't quite fit. But Stewart's a great sleuth, as it were. He's in his element.

I have to agree with screenplay writer Arthur Laurents though that Hitchcock ought to have left the film's opener a mystery. Laurents wanted everyone to be wondering "Is there or isn't there a body in that chest?"

Hitchcock give away the goods in the first reel. After that the story, though skillfully acted, loses some of its high stakes suspense.

swac said...

Check out the Rope trailer, it includes a scene with the victim and his fiance that's not in the film itself.