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…
"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…
Here I am, pleased to greet 2013 with the ultimate in nostalgia trips. The new year will offer exciting new endeavours for film fans. We will all accumulate new favorites, invite new genres and experience new sensations we never thought could exist. This was a lot of 2012 for me. Newness of genre, brushing up on director's careers, seeking to expand the library in my head. And if there's one dark alley I don't want to find myself down, it's the one where jaded cinephiles twiddle and plunder the simple joys where movie magic flourishes.
Take this interview with Quentin Tarantino for example. There is a pureness to the illusion he mentions that the classics simply overflow with. Hence, my…
A classic that lives up to it's acclaim. Great acting by Stewart and a simple plot that Hitchcock lets blossom slowly. The whole movie takes place at a single location, from basically one viewpoint, and it never gets tiresome or uninteresting. It's also almost able to overcome the dated technical aspects that I find distracting in old movies. The stage setup is fantastic, the way all the windows are presented and shot is simple and brilliant. It really is a master class in movie making.
Rear Window is a story about a man who becomes so fed with sitting around in his apartment that he solves a murder while stuck in a wheelchair. The film is all about perspective. We view the film through the same lens as the main character -- JB Jeffries, know to his girlfriend as Jeff. We watch it through the lens of his camera which he uses to spy on his neighbors.
The film is seen through lenses the whole, whether it be the camera or binoculars or simply the window pane. It emphasizes Jeffries's position -- how trapped he is, both physically and mentally. He becomes obsessed with the idea that his neighbor has killed his wife. The viewer…
Letter R in the December Challenge
What better way to start off this monthly movie marathons with one of the few movies I deem to be absolutely perfect. This was my first ever Hitchcock and still my favourite. The cast is magnificent from the ever likeable Jimmy Stewart to the one of the kind Grace Kelly. I love the way the film is shot just from L.B's POV of the neighbourhood giving it a very authentic feel which very few films have.
If you are a lover of film and you haven't seen this, well then I'll be watching you veryyy closelyyyy.
"We've become a race of Peeping Toms. What people ought to do is get outside their own house and look in for a change. Yes sir. How's that for a bit of homespun philosophy?"
"Readers Digest, April 1939."
"Well, I only quote from the best."
Rear Window is a masterpiece. It really is. There is so much suspense, tension, romance and wit that makes this film a Hitchcock classic.
James Stewart plays a photographer, Jeff, who has broken his leg on the job and has to spend a few weeks confined in a wheelchair. During this time, he spends his days watching his neighbors go about their daily lives. It isn't until he notices a strange happening with a man…
"A blatantly conceptual movie, self-reflexively concerned with voyeurism and movie history, the bridge from Soviet montage to Andy Warhol's vacant stare, as well as a construction founded on the 20th-century idea of the metropolis as spectacle—or, more specifically, on the peculiar mixture of isolation and overstimulation the big city affords. Reveling in the simultaneity of the 8 million stories in the Naked City, Rear Window is the slyly alienated precursor of multiple narratives like Short Cuts or Magnolia." —J. Hoberman
My favorite Hitchcock film. Though it's all pretty much told from the same perspective of Jimmy Stewart looking out his apartment window, it still manages to be the most interesting and suspenseful movie he ever made. This one definitely didn't age.
This film is just pure genius. Alfred Hitchcock adds yet another masterpiece to his outstanding filmography. James Stewart plays the main character, L.B. Jeffries, who is a crippled man. He spies on people as part of his daily routine. Consequentially, he unexpectedly witnesses what he thinks is a murder. Later on, the real suspension builds up, especially when he gets a knock on his door. Alfred Hitchcock builds up the suspense like nobody else, and even scares me today, though the film was made in 1954.
Class Hitchcock movie featuring James Stewart in one of his best performances and Grace Kelly who oozes class in the few scenes that she features.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.