Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
It only takes one witness to spoil the perfect crime.
Professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate.
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…
**Dinner with Hitchcock - Film 6**
I always have trouble going back and reviewing a movie that I've seen before and loved. A few years back I tackled the highlights of Alfred Hitchcock's career, except The Birds, for some reason that one has always eluded me. One viewing of Rear Window was enough to cement it as my favorite of his numerous amazing works. A second viewing has done nothing to change this fact, though I still need to get around to The Birds.
The setting for Rear Window is one of the most unique in cinema history. We see the entire story unfold through the window of daredevil photographer L.B. Jefferies, as he is confined to a wheelchair with…
Now I know where Disturbia got it's entire plot from.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Alfred Hitchcock is pushing the boundaries of his own thriller genre with “Rear Window”. He sets you on the wrong foot and in this unique setting he does this in an excellent way.
In the opening scene the blinds are opened in L.B. Jefferies’ apartment, while looking out on a New York courtyard. Because he is bound to a wheelchair, all Jefferies does is watching his neighbors and we see everything through his perspective. Jefferies is a gloomy man and even his beautiful girlfriend Lisa can’t get him out of that shell. The subtle sarcasm that Hitchcock uses to tackle the man-woman relationship in the fifties, hits every mark. And the character of nurse Stella, a cynical, bossy woman, works…
well structured, fantastic suspense, great character development, great lead actor. Pretty much faultless, as close to perfect as a film could probably be.
Is this enough?
One of my favourite films ever.
One of the more intriguing aspects - that I've only just noticed about this great film - is that the actual murder narrative takes up so little screen time in comparison to all the other stories happening in this film.
The story that bookends this film is the relationship (and potential future) of Stewart and Kelly.
Yes, one of my favourite films ever! The best scene in the smoking scene, still sends shivers down my spine! The hero of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rear Window' is wheelchair bound and we are house bound with him, trapped inside his point of view, inside his lack of freedom and his paranoia. Long days and nights pass by whilst he stares out the window, trying to resist the heat.
It's wrong, we know, to spy on others, but after all, aren't we all voyeurs in someway, watching other peoples lives, reading about them etc. Here's a film about a man who does on the screen what we do in the audience; look through a lens at the private lives of strangers.…
'Rear Window' is a small scale thriller that feels all the more exciting for it. While the pacing does seem to be a bit off (the climax comes a bit abruptly, the tension doesn't rise so much as spike), the mood is very well conveyed and we are made to feel just as much a voyeur as Jimmie Stewart.
Though why, for the love of God, was it EVER considered ok to speed up film for effect? Good lord.
MY THREE WORDS
Insidious, creeping, fun.
Fantastic. 100% a wonderful thriller. Hitchcock does an amazing job of making us feel like Mr. Stewart, surrounded by a cramped diorama of neighbors and various activity. The antagonist is creepy and menacing and while I have some slight nitpicks, they are trivial compared to the enjoyment this film brings.
"Intelligence. Nothing has caused the human race so much trouble as intelligence."
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