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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…
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…
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…
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…
The simplicity of the story, the mystery, the suspense and the paranoia of this film all weave together to make a very compelling film. You would think a film about a guy with a broken leg looking out the window would be boring. You would think one location for a films plot would fall short. You would be wrong. The performances of the small cast and the expert storytelling of Hitchcock make this film a classic.
Really interesting to see an early film like this by such an acclaimed director. Despite being over 60 years old it still holds up really well!
I won't sum up the storyline because everyone probably knows the gist by now but honestly the fact that you can create such an interesting film that revolves around a man sitting by his window is quite the feat!
The acting is great and the fact that it flips the typical gender roles around makes for an interesting viewing. Granted, it's hardly revolutionary and Lisa still is ultimately saved by Jeffries (albeit, her own cunning is key to catching Thorwald) but it's a nice touch to see and it's a shame more films aren't doing more to flip roles like these.
Overall, it's great and getting snapshots of the other neighbours lives really helps make the apartment complex come to life. Would definitely recommend!
Legendary in its social commentary, and yet I'll be damned if this didn't have the impact I was hoping for.
The film starts with boredom. After all, being shacked up in a wheelchair is bad enough, but your sole entertainment being the everyday lives of your neighbors just isn't that exciting. Our society wants excitement derived from scandals and melodrama. Thankfully for the viewer, such ends up ultimately being the case here.
A great scene in this film centers on L.B.'s description of his girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly looks fantastic in this). Directly after complaining about the boredom he faces, he states that Lisa is "too perfect." He wants a more "normal" girl. And what a statement this ultimately says…
I consider film to be my favorite art form because it fuses together all the art forms that came before it. Rear Window hits all of those marks. The framing of photography and painting, the atmosphere of music, the engrossing power of writing, the realness of acting, and support and shelter of architecture. The whole film was shot entirely on a single set, but I could swear it was real the first time I watched it. The apratments. The courtyard. The tiny view of the restaurant across the street. All fabricated. Rear Window is a true testament to movie magic. Although perhaps a bit too much. Some of Grace Kelly's lines feel a little too much like a scripted Hollywood…
This is sadly one of the few Hitchcock films I've seen so far. I've yet to see Vertigo, North by Northwest, or Psycho. They're coming, don't get me wrong. As for this film, there were many good things about it. I believe the first and foremost appeal of this film was the fantastic set. It was so meticulously crafted and thoughtfully made that you couldn't help but get sucked into Stewart's world. You also cared about what was happening to everyone else in the complex. Everything just felt so close and localize. You never leave Stewart's view, most of the soundtrack is supplied by the musician one floor up, and you start to feel at home in this landscape. Stewart…
I constantly forget how serious a case Hitch has for "greatest ever" - maybe because he seems like so boring/obvious a choice. But between this and Vertigo, few (certainly few in the Hollywood system) have been able to interrogate their medium as thoroughly with as little pretension. Not exactly subtle (if you didn't get its themes of cinema-as-voyeurism or its grappling with just how much we can glean from visual information up until that point, Stewart pulling out his camera does the trick), but isn't Hitch fun when he's not? (also see the itch-scratching/castration stuff). I really liked it.
hitchcock's contrast between fear and desire is perfected by bringing new meaning to the idea of morbid curiosity, with a wicked sense of humour and eye-catching elegance, this mystery's lasting influence continues to resonate
Ah, what else can I say with this? My favorite Hitchcock, and among my top five most favorite films ever, period. I have said elsewhere that it's a great Hitchcock combination, the best of his both worlds: mixing his thematic complexity (Vertigo) and pure entertainment (North by Northwest) modes, while being uniquely its own thing.
Sitting down to watch it has always been an absolute pleasure, and I feel like I manage to find something to appreciate anew in every watch: how the case bridges the difference between Jeff and Lisa, advancing their character arcs together; how each window can represent an aspect of their relationship or reflect a part of themselves, in addition to engaging us in the same…
another suspenseful and near-perfectly executed Hitchcock thriller with some of the most witty and entertaining dialogue you can find, as well as a razor-sharp focus and control on its narrative arc. I didn't expect this movie to have such a strong feminist thread through it, but I loved it and Grace Kelly is my personal hero!
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