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…
The year of 1954 saw director Alfred Hitchcock in sublime form as he delivered not one but two back-to-back masterpieces of its genre & cemented his status as the greatest filmmaker of thrillers & suspense. While one of the two was Dial M for Murder which even today remains one of his most enjoyable & entertaining works, the other is Rear Window which many consider to be one of the greatest films ever made.
Rear Window perfectly demonstrates the impulse of morbid curiosity and tells the story of a wheelchair bound photographer who, while confined in his apartment, spends his recovery time by spying on his neighbours through the rear window. Things are set in motion when he becomes obsessed with a particular…
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…
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…
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 -…
**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…
The ending is highly conventional. This is probably because Hitchcock set the convention, but it does impact my watching of this one.
Is there a more loving shot of an actress by a Director, than Hitchcocks image of Grace Kelly bending down to kiss James Stewart ?
A pervy photographer with broken leg, with too much time on his hands...an amaxing film.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"We've become a race of peeping toms."
After viewing 'Rear Window', I've come to realize that Alfred Hitchcock was not only a great moviemaker but also a great moviewatcher
Simply one of Hitchcock's finest. The film is amongst the best in the prolific director's career and boasts outstanding performences by James Stewart and Grace Kelly. The suspense present in this film outdoes just about all of Hitchcock's other films which is quite a feat. Especially when it is considered that the entire film takes place in Stewarts' apartment. I'd seen the film before and still the final scenes had my heart beating fast. Superb.
Rear Window was good without making me feel enthusiastic about it. It's setting and plot demand a sense of claustrophobia, which it has to a small degree--but should have much more of. Instead, the tensions split between the core plot (what Jeffries saw out his window) and the relational tensions between Jeffries and his gorgeous girlfriend Lisa. Stewart takes is character is far as he can with the plot and settings, but something about it still didn't settle right with me. And I can't quite tell if my broader issues are more on the side of the script, or with Hitchcock's direction--I'm leaning towards script simply because Hitchcock is usually so perfect in direction. Still, even with its flaws, Rear Window is an interesting glimpse into the peeping-tom habits of an invalid.
Rear Window creates the perfect problem a movie can have: it creates a world so vivid, you'd like to stay a bit longer.
It's a lot of very slow buildup that culminates in a rather quick but effectively suspenseful final few minutes (everything that comes before significantly lacks in the suspense department - disappointing my expectations). The main character can be a little irritating and seem like a wackadoo at times, but Grace Kelly is great.
With: Matt Jackett
Where: List Art Center (MCM Screening)
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