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.
Not only a perfect metaphor for cinema as an art form, Rear Window could be the best film I have ever seen and contains one of the most chilling moments ever filmed.
Simply amazing and one of my favorite Hitchcock films.
In many ways, this is the ultimate Alfred Hitchcock film, incorporating the elements which most embody his body of work. Suspense, terror, murder, comedy, obsession, and sex are all major focuses here. The fact that this is an impeccably crafted film pretty much goes without saying. By the 1950s, Hitch was at the top of his game and while he still throw out some less than stellar films, when he nailed it, he really nailed it. Hitchcock builds the surrounding neighbourhood perfectly and gives it a lot of character. We get a good sense of the geography and personality, and the long voyeuristic shocks are really immersive. We really start to feel like Jimmy Stewart, confined to his room and…
I love this film! I have seen it a few times over the years and I am always surprised by how scared I get! It may sound silly, as this is not a horror, but between Hitchcock's wonderful talent for suspense and James Stewart's great performance, I always find myself peaking through my fingers with my heart racing towards the end of the movie.
I don't like to give spoilers, but the plot is pretty simple; a man who is wheelchair bound begins to spy on his neighbours and believes one of his neighbours has killed their wife.
Admittedly, I believe this plot would probably work well under unfavourable circumstances, as it taps into our inner people watcher and makes…
The best Hitchcock, yeah I said it.
This viewing cemented a neat arc I had not noticed before. Jeff (James Stewart) starts with a journalist's curiosity for sociology -- how people behave in public, with the setup of the film being mostly pans through the courtyard of his apartment complex -- and his boredom and unease with his infirmity lead him gradually into a snooping, voyeuristic moment in which he catches a murder in the act. The suspense as usual with Hitchcock, is top notch.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The film is about a man confined to a wheel chair (James Stewart), has nothing to do except spy on his neighbors. As time goes on, he is convinced they have committed murder. This movie change the way I think of mystery's because this movie was excellent in may wonderful ways.
I got to see this on the big screen. For once, I got to see it with other people. I still cannot get over how flawless this movie is. James Stewart, Grace Kelly and Thelma Ritter make a great team too.
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