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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…
Like L.B. Jefferies, you can't help but look. The cinema, in a nutshell, is a voyeuristic lifestyle. Every time those lights go down, every time new characters are introduced, and every time a frame does by; the collective audience is being drawn deeper into another world. In the best movies, you feel different and you know more about the world as the final shot rolls around.
Rear Window, one of Alfred Hitchcock's finest works, is an utterly incredible tale of voyeurism in miniature. Every open window in the blistering apartment complex that Hitchcock's camera resides in leads to another character, another emotion, another scene, and another mystery. The suspense, the humor, the direction, the music, gorgeous Grace Kelly, James Stewart…
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 -…
The magic of movies like this is while I get older.....
I first saw Rear Window back in high school and remembered being bored by it. Thinking about that now shocks me because I’m such a huge fan of Hitchcock. I think that it was probably due to the fact that the girl I was dating was bored, so therefore I was pretending to be bored. So I was really excited to give this film a second shot because it has such an amazing reputation. I’m glad to say that I would go back and slap my high school self in the face for not recognizing the genius of this film. Rear Window accomplishes a major feat of making a simple story fascinating and what Hitchcock does with the camera is…
As someone who doesn't watch a lot of movies that were made before the late 1970s, I thought this movie was pretty good.
Just keep in mind that there is a lot of visual storytelling so if you don't give the movie your full attention then you will miss some things.
La minutie et la maîtrise hitchcockiennes, qui d'autre que lui pouvait réaliser un film de cette envergure ? Un excellent huis clos que ce "Fenêtre sur Cour", porté par des acteurs au top du top. James Stewart, malgré son air détaché et son attitude quelque peu irritante arrive à nous attacher à son personnage en un rien de temps, sa relation avec le personnage de la sublime Grace Kelly est géniale et évolue en même temps que l'intrigue principale, si bien qu'hormis le postulat de départ, on s'intéresse autant à cet hypothétique meurtre qu'aux relations entre les différents protagonistes. La mise en scène est (mais est-il nécessaire de le rappeler ?) parfaite, dans ses cadrages, ses mouvements de caméra et…
I'm upset I had to watch this in my film class. People are really shitty in that class, and considering how great this movie is, it just wasn't the best atmosphere to revisit it. Still an amazing movie though.
My first thought is that I'm very interested in what the Shia LaBeouf remake is like.
I had a very lukewarm reaction to the film. The parts where James Stewart spyed on the other neighbors, specifically Ms. Lonelyheart, and the whole 'peeping' nature of the cinematography were very interesting, the film as a whole failed to engage me. Though that may have been because I was expecting a big mind-blowing twist at the end a la Vertigo or Psycho.
Also James Stewart's character was a big jerk.
In this "action-packed" Hitchcock film, James Stewart plays a photographer confined to his apartment due to a broken leg. Although he is stuck in his room, he is a much better detective in Rear Window compared to when he actually plays a detective in Hitchcock's Vertigo, which premieres four years following Rear Window. Stewart is able to solve a murder from his wheelchair because of the help he got from his nurse, his girlfriend, and a useless detective.
I am quite skeptical about this movie. The plot is really good, and the mystery works perfectly . The performances by all the actors are great too. Also the way the movie is shot shows how great Hitchcock is. My main complaint is that the movie drags too much and too often with the dialog scenes inside the apartment. I feel that if it was 15-20 minutes shorter it could make it to my top movies of all time. Apart from that flaw the movie is a great time and a Hitchcock classic!
Movies have always made me more interested in other people's lives. I watch movies and it helps me realize that I am not the only one with problems and that I am not the only one that thinks the way I do. They help me have a better understanding of what a stranger walking across the street is feeling and dealing with. When you put these ideas into a movie itself, though, it works on another level.
Hitchcock's '54 masterpiece puts what we do after seeing a film and sticks it inside of its own film. The character of L.B. Jefferies is someone any one of us can relate to because he is so human. A normal audience member might…