The film takes place in one set location and appears to be one continuous edit. Hitchcock wanted to produce a real time piece. The editing brings the plot to life and makes it believable, as well as realistic to the audience. The scene where the maid clears the top of the wooden chest that the body is hidden in is tension clenching. As the camera focuses on the chest and watches the inevitable, the audience can just hear the dialogue of screen. This assists in the suspense. Vincent Canby states, "Hitchcock was interested in seeing whether he could find a cinematic equivalent to the play, which takes place in the actual length of time of the story. To do this, he decided to shoot it in what would appear to be one long, continuous "take," without cutaways or any other breaks in the action, though in fact there would have to be a disguised break every 10 minutes, which was as much film as the camera could contain." (Canby 1984) Canby states the technique used by Hitchcock and praises him for it. The editing is like a play and works well as its beautifully crafted for the structure of the story.
List of illustrations
Figure 1. Hitchcock, Alfred (1948) Rope Movie Poster. At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rope_(film) (Accessed on:6/2/12)
Figure 2. Hitchcock, Alfred (1948) Confrontation: Brandon, Philip and Rupert. At: http://thisdistractedglobe.com/2007/10/18/rope-1948/ (Accessed on:6/2/12)
Figure 3. Hitchcock, Alfred (1948) Tension builds as table is cleared. At: http://liberalironist.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/rope-the-poverty-of-superior-human-beings/ (Accessed on:6/2/12)
Vincent Canby (1984) 'Rope': A Stunt To Behold. At: http://www.nytimes.com/library/film/060384hitch-rope-reflection.html (Accessed on:7/2/12)
Geoff Andrew (2006) Rope (1948). At: http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/76944/rope.html (Accessed on:6/2/12)
Variety (2008) Rope. At: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117794569?refcatid=31 (Accessed on:7/2/12)