The Large Rope

August 24, 2014 at 10:07 pm (5 Heads, Large Rope) (, , )

The Large Rope – 1953 – England

A man is falsely accused of assaulting a woman and sent to jail. Following his sentence, he returns to his village where his friends, his family, and the townies ostracize him. The same day, the woman he supposedly assaulted is strangled and he is accused again. To clear his name and solve the murder, the man dredges up the circumstances of his first false arrest.

The Large Rope’s conflict centers on the interesting relationships of its characters. The only visceral excitement occurs as the townies form a vicious mob. Despite all of the dialogue, the pacing is rapid since the plot takes place in a single day. I typically find English films of the era to be plodding, so this is a surprise.

The plot of The Large Rope is predictable, wrecking its mystery, but the film still draws an effectively dreary picture of rural village life. Everyone drinks and gossips too much, and no one forgets a grudge. Too bad the tension is undermined by an inappropriately jaunty musical score.

Rating: 5/10 Shrunken Heads. I am not sure I understand the metaphor of the film’s title.


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