Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
It only takes one witness to spoil the perfect crime.
Jefferies has had his leg in a cast for weeks and has nothing to do but watch his neighbors from his window. His voyeurism leads him to think that he’s witnessed a murder. Together with his girlfriend Lisa and his nurse Stella they try to solve the mystery and possibly a murder.
Although most recent critical attention has been reserved for Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, thanks to its vertiginous placement atop Sight & Sound’s prestigious critics poll, it could be argued that not only does his seminal 1954 picture, Rear Window, most clearly represent the director’s own obsessions but that it may well be his greatest achievement as a filmmaker.
Even if you haven’t seen the film yourself (and if you haven’t stop reading this review and watch it now) you will at least be familiar with the story. Not only has the plot of a wheelchair bound photographer who believes he has witnessed a murder become ingrained in the public’s consciousness but it has been remade and re-imagined numerous times in many different…
A few days ago I had a discussion with a friend about cinema and he told me about his love for classic movies, like this one, and how movies from the 50s, by example, were often movies with a very simple plot but executed in such an artistic and flawless way that they became classics, and that's what I felt all the time watching this movie. The idea of a guy spending his time in the window because of his injury is incredible simple, but offers many possibilities, explored with maestry by Hitchcock, in a way that I can feel nothing less than pure admiration for his work. Actually, at some point I felt like watching a movie that defines…
Contrary to popular belief, Rear Window is not a perfect film. It's a film, after all, that has James Stewart seriously considering breaking up with Grace Kelly because she's too perfect for him.
I do wonder if LB Jefferies was an inspiration to Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David when they wrote Seinfeld, what with all the disastrous dates and relationships that were broken up in that series over the most mystifying of reasons. I wouldn't be surprised to find out this was the case. But Rear Window is one of those films whose influence has not just been confined to thrillers, mysteries and even 'one location' films -…
Intelligence. Nothing has caused the human race so much trouble as intelligence.
A perfect film if ever there was one. I feel like I might proclaim that every time I watch a film by Alfred Hitchcock, but in truth I don't think all his films are perfect. He's just made so many that are or near perfect that it seems like I say that all the time. I have however seen Rear Window enough times that I have no doubts about it being a masterpiece from the master.
This film has been unofficially remade several times in film and television but has never come close to the original. Hitchcock often called the Master of Suspense, was also the master…
Is Rear Window Alfred Hitchcock's best film? A question I cannot answer for a very long time but hopefully some would be willing to give me their verdict; hell; if there is a film better than Rear Window then it has to be probably, most definitely one of the best films ever made; because that's exactly what this film is, definitely one of the best films I have ever seen.
Maybe because it's my first viewing of the film, or because the film is quite fresh in my mind; but honestly, it's fantastic. So what do I watch next? Do I go straight to Vertigo? or maybe Rope? or do I hit two birds with one stone and go with…
"You're giving them far too much water!"
#72 on Berken's Favorite Movies Of All Time
Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window's opening bursts with life and atmosphere, one of the fullest, most inviting, and astonishingly textured mise en scènes ever put to celluloid. An entire neighborhood and mood is established at once as the camera slides casually around a cluster of buildings facing the titular window, while the lively inhabitants and even the local wildlife come to life on a sweltering Summer morning. Never a plot point, the palpable heat is nevertheless crucial, forcing us to imagine what it would be like to be there. Likewise, the private nature of what we're watching (particularly in the case of Ms. Torso) and the…
Sixty. Years. Old.
Every character in the neighbouring apartment block is captivating, without saying a word. Masterful acting.
I found it fascinating to look at the statement made about voyeurism in the film and compare that with todays stance. With the rise of social networks in many ways facilitating and encouraging, albeit a digital type of voyeurism, there is something quite brilliant in how relevant and interesting this film still is.
“We have become a race of Peeping Toms...”
There are nearly thirteen million people in the world. None of those people is an extra. They're all the leads of their own stories.
One of my all time favorite suspense films...so grateful I got to see it on the big screen! Hearing the audience react when Lisa is confronted by Thorwald, seeing those sets (and Grace Kelly's costumes!) in all their splendor...such a fantastic movie.
I don't care where you fall in the digital vs. analogue debate, as long as you are in favor of films being shown on giant screens to groups of people, we're cool. More than pretty much any Hitchcock film, this one needs to be seen on the big screen. I was able to see things that I had never noticed before - and I've seen this film a lot. The various neighbors across the way are able to become people as you can actually see their faces and expressions. It just makes for a more enriching experience. And you can really appreciate how massive that set was. A masterpiece through and through.
Just as great now as it was the first time I saw it. A few things of note:
While Hitchcock was no doubt the master of suspense, "Rear Window" showcases this more than any other film. The entire movie is an experiment in Hitchcock's philosophy on tension. We just watch and see as things unfold. Its like a silent film with Jimmy Stewart giving the DVD commentary.
This is sort of a companion piece to "Rope." Where this film is light on dialogue (at least during the pivotal voyeuristic scenes) "Rope" is riddled with it. Each time its the same thing though. We're eagerly watching, knowing things not all the characters know. Its brilliant.
Where I've talked before about how…
Nearly 60 years later, this is still a fascinating masterpiece of staging and blocking. And it's still tense and fun, too! (Rewatched as part of Cinemark's Classics Series.)
Alfred Hitchcock made this film remarkable and exceptional. The plot and story is neat. The entire film takes place in a room, but it's still interesting. I really love this film.
Released in 1954 as part of a Korean War benefit, REAR WINDOW remains one of Hitchcock's most famous achievements. Photographer Jeff Jefferies (a cool Jimmy Stewart), laid up after a work accident, recuperates in his NYC apartment and spies on the neighbors, who all keep their windows open because of a heat wave. After invoking boredom, voyeurism, "a race of peeping toms," the story heats up to murder.
Hitchcock plays with a similar tense-but-staged suspense story like in the other '50s and '60s Hollywood productions I've seen by him, but RW is a lot more serious about its subtext -- voyeurism, is observation a public service or a private titillation?, the substance accusations should keep -- than, for instance, PSYCHO…
Nice to see this one on a big screen. Grace Kelly was never lovelier (and that's saying a lot).
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