Monday, September 5, 2011

Rope

Over the weekend I saw Alfred Hitchcock's Rope. The plot revolves on two men who view murder as an art form and want to commit the perfect crime.

The interesting thing to me is that in the movie the ideal form of murder-as-art requires society to never suspect that the murder has happened. The downfall of the murderer-as-artist in the film is that he desperately wants to let the Jimmy Stewart character in on the crime, yet by doing so knows that he will go to prison.

Murder-as-art is pretty grotesque, but the idea of the ideal form of a particular art to require that it go completely unnoticed by its audience is something that i think is strangely beautiful.

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