Rope Needs More Gay – Rantasmo

Rantasmo unwinds Alfred Hitchcock’s suspenseful and gay-coded 1948 thriller, Rope.

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Needs More Gay dissects the highs and lows of gay pop culture with the precision of a dull machete.

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13 Comments on "Rope Needs More Gay – Rantasmo"

Snorgatch Pandalume
Guest
Yeah, sorry, not buying it. First of all, there is zero evidence that the real people the characters in Rope are based on–Leopold and Loeb–were either gay or romantically involved with each other. That idea was insinuated by the popular press of the day to make them seem even more twisted and perverted than they were–as if brutally murdering an innocent boy for fun wasn’t quite bad enough. You also gloss over the fact that in the movie it is mentioned that John Dall’s character used to be romantically involved with the girl at the party, who was now dating… Read more »
June
Guest

Snorgatch, I suggest you do some research about how double coding was used during the Hays code, particularly for representing gay characters. The Celluloid Closet documentary is a good place to start, it features an interview about Rope.

Falconfly
Guest

What is bisexuality

The MegaNerd
Guest

Can’t say for certain, but I’m given the impression that bisexuality is when someone is open to a relationship with members of either genders, no matter their own gender.
Let me see if this makes it clearer:
Gay= someone who dates people of the same gender as themselves
Straight= someone who dates people of the opposite gender of themselves
Bisexual= someone who dates people of both the same and opposite gender of themselves.
Hope this helps

EA Solinas
Guest
I think the connection between “rich white people” and murder is old murder mysteries. 🙂 That said, I love that Hitchcock ultimately depicts such things as nightmarish in this movie. And I love “Rope,” both artistically and as a creepy from-the-killers’-perspective thriller. The interplay between the characters is just delicious, even if the charming-sociopath-killer characters being depicted as queer men is problematic. My main problem is… well, the miscasting of Rupert. I love Jimmy Stewart, but he doesn’t quite work. And yeah, I do love the quiet acknowledgement that their queer sexualities and relationship are open and acknowledged by all,… Read more »
neytari
Guest

Hannibal is my favorite thing and I love you for bringing it up. If you did an episode about Hannibal I would love you f o r e v e r.

I wish someone else had played Rupert…I enjoy Rope more for how it’s made (the false constant take) than for the content, unless I’m analyzing it.

sheenanigans
Guest

I’d like to second this request- looooooved Hannibal and a NMG ep about it would be amazing! 😀

ladydiskette
Guest

Okay, I totally want to see this flick now. It looks so intriguing!

Also, does that mean you might do a episode about Hannibal the TV series? I am just about getting into it on Netflick, but I am not worried about spoilers or anything! 😀

The MegaNerd
Guest
For a 40’s movie this looks really good. Like a BBC show I’ve heard of this movie: the premise is super cool except for the aggravating ‘rich, smart people are full of themselves so they do what they want’ trope thrown in there. It’s older then this movie and it’s just very annoying, especially all the conversations held by the smart rich people about how smart, rich and just superior they are. Still I may give this film a watch As a fan of murder mysteries, I have to say what you say about dinner parties is quite interesting: murders… Read more »
The MegaNerd
Guest

And I hope you don’t mind my saying but I must say that the full beard and mustache suits you very well, better then just the beard

Snorgatch Pandalume
Guest

Rope isn’t a murder mystery. There is no mystery here. We know right from the start who the murderers are. Rope deals with the aftermath of a murder and delves into why it was committed.

The MegaNerd
Guest

OK; suspense thriller then. That works better. Also when I used the term ‘murder mystery’ I was responding to when he was talking about dinner party murder mysteries which doesn’t necessarily include this movie

Animikean
Guest

I was impressed you went so far back for a review, enough to pop over to your you tube channel to see if you’d put thoughts to “Bringing up Baby” from ten years before, but maybe there’s not enough meat there.

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