Moviedrome Mondays: Rope (1948) and 84 Charlie MoPic (1989)

This week’s Moviedrome Monday entry consists of two very different experimental films


Rope (1948)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s (a.k.a. The Master of Suspense) visually clever 1948 mystery thriller Rope. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here). The episode’s original airdate was August 7, 1994 (read here). Since I am a huge fan of every single film directed by Hitchcock, I will just talk about the film. Once again, Cox’s commentary on the film is as eloquent as always. As a pure technical exercise, Rope succeeds without a scratch – from start to finish, Hitchcock filmed the action in one continuous shot (a.k.a. a long take). If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Alfred Hitchcock films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Rope

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer


84 Charlie MoPic (1989)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director Patrick Sheane Duncan’s 1989 independent Vietnam film 84 Charlie MoPic. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was August 8, 1994 (read here). Not much to add here except that I am in complete agreement with Cox on this one. Flaws and all, the Found footage technique employed throughout does make for fascinating viewing.

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to 84 Charlie MoPic

Though there is a fan-made trailer for this film on youtube, I could not find a link to it’s actual original theatrical trailer.

My Favorite Alfred Hitchcock Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Marnie (1964)

2.   Vertigo (1958)

3.   Family Plot (1976)

4.   Under Capricorn (1949)

5.   The Birds (1963)

6.   The Wrong Man (1956)

7.   The Trouble with Harry (1955)

8.   Psycho (1960)

9.   Rear Window (1954)

10. Frenzy (1972)

11. I Confess (1953)

12. Strangers on a Train (1951)

13. Rope (1948)

14. Notorious (1946)

15. North by Northwest (1959)

16. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

17. The Lady Vanishes (1938)

18. Sabotage (1936)
(I watched it online)

19. The 39 Steps (1935)

20. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

21. Stage Fright (1950)

22. Lifeboat (1944)

23. Rebecca (1940)

24. Foreign Correspondent (1940)

25. To Catch a Thief (1955)

26. Dial M for Murder (1954)

27. Suspicion (1941)

28. Young and Innocent (1937)
(I watched it online)

29. Rich and Strange (1931)
(I watched it online)

30. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
(no relation to the 2005 film)

31. Murder! (1930)

32. Blackmail (1929)

33. The Ring (1927)

34. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

35. Topaz (1969)

36. Spellbound (1945)

37. Torn Curtain (1966)

38. Saboteur (1942)

39. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour – Season 1 (1962)
39a. Episode: “I Saw the Whole Thing”
(Television)

40. The Paradine Case (1947)

41. Secret Agent (1936)
(I watched it online)

42. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

43. Number 17 (1932)
(I watched it online)

44. The Manxman (1929)
(I watched it online)

45. The Farmer’s Wife (1928)
(I watched it online)

46. Downhill (1927)

47. Champagne (1928)
(I watched it online)

48. Easy Virtue (1928)
(I 
watched it online)

49. Waltzes from Vienna (1934)
(I watched it online)

50. Jamaica Inn (1939)
(I watched it online)

51. The Skin Game (1931)
(I watched it online)

52. Mary (1931)

53. The Pleasure Garden (1925)
(I watched it online)

54. Juno and the Paycock (1930)
(I watched it online)

* * * * (Out of * * * *) (Short Cinema)

1.   Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Season 1 (1955)
1a. Episode: “Revenge”
1b. Episode: “Breakdown”
1c. Episode: “The Case of Mr. Pelham”
(Television)

2.   Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Season 2 (1956/1956/1957)
2a. Episode: “Wet Saturday”
2b. Episode: “Mr. Blanchard’s Secret”
2c. Episode: “One More Mile to Go”
(Television)

3.   Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Season 3 (1957/1958/1958)
3a. Episode: “The Perfect Crime”
3b. Episode: “Lamb to the Slaughter”
3c. Episode: “Dip in the Pool”
(Television)

4.   Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Season 4 (1958/1959)
4a. Episode: “Poison”
4b. Episode: “Banquo’s Chair”
(Television)

5.   Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Season 5 (1959)
5a. Episode: “Arthur”
5b. Episode: “The Crystal Trench”
(Television)

6.   Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Season 6 (1960/1961)
6a. Episode: “Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat”
6b. Episode: “The Horseplayer”
(Television)

7.   Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Season 7 (1961)
7a. Episode: “Bang! You’re Dead”
(Television)

My Favorite Alfred Hitchcock Films (Revised and Updated)

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   The Birds (1963)

2.   The Wrong Man (1956)

3.   Psycho (1960)

4.   I Confess (1953)

5.   Vertigo (1958)

6.   The Trouble with Harry (1955)

7.   Rear Window (1954)

8.   Notorious (1946)

9.   Strangers on a Train (1951)

10. North by Northwest (1959)

11. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

12. The Lady Vanishes (1938)

13. The 39 Steps (1935)

14. Blackmail (1929)

15. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

16. The Lodger (1927)

17. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

18. Marnie (1964)

19. Stage Fright (1950)

20. Frenzy (1972)

21. Rebecca (1940)

22. Foreign Correspondent (1940)

23. Lifeboat (1944)

24. Saboteur (1942)

25. Suspicion (1941)

26. Rope (1948)

27. To Catch a Thief (1955)

28. Dial M for Murder (1954)

29. Under Capricorn (1949)

30. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
(No relation to the 2005 film)

31. Sabotage (1936)

32. Secret Agent (1936)

33. The Ring (1927)
(No relation to the 2002 film)

34. Young and Innocent (1937)

35. Murder! (1930)

* * * * (Out of * * * *) (Television)

1.   Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1962)
(Aside from creating it, he directed episodes as well)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   Family Plot (1976)

2.   Topaz (1969)

3.   Torn Curtain (1966)

4.   Spellbound (1945)

5.   The Paradine Case (1947)