A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
Just scared the crap out of the kids with this. Their first Hitchcock.
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…
I'm afraid this remains an average Hitchcock for me. I can't get behind the masterpiece status.
Hitchcock's classic and for good reason. Always watchable, always interesting. Stewart, Kelly, Ritter and Burr all great in their roles.
A mysterious, suspenseful, delightedly thrilling classic.
Another for film class; really interesting concept! Watching this finally got me to watch Psycho, and I need to continue on to more Hitchcock soon!
Or, ‘The Dog Who Knew Too Much’.
Bravura filmmaking that transcends the story’s high concept and delivers an endlessly entertaining movie, thanks to its likeable main cast and a host of supporting characters who populate a series of captivating vignettes.
My favourite Hitchcock. Somehow, even though I've seen it -- much like in Psycho -- I'm still always surprised with how everything unfolds. This might be Hitchcock's most immersive movie when it comes to setting and how it puts all the pieces in play. It so easily wraps you up in Jeff's suspicions about his neighbour who may, or may not have, murdered his wife.
Every neighbour is given a character, and while we as an audience don't know them with great depth, we see them as Jeff sees them and are free, even encouraged, to project onto them what we assume they must be like. It's almost as though any one of these windows could be the lens in…
Possibly the best of Hitchcock's "concept" films, not least because it doesn't feel like the confined location is a gimmick at all. It features some of the director's most thrilling suspense sequences (no faint praise), a riveting lead performance from James Stewart (perfectly teetering on the edge of nosey neighbour) and brilliantly pulls the viewer into the voyeurism with a genuine "what would you do?" set-up. Brilliance.
An intimate experience with James Stewart keeps the audience restricted and confined to the very same room as the protagonist. An absolutely incredible thriller with twists and turns throughout. One of Hitchcock's most highly rated films and deservedly so, a film so good that it stands the test of time and to this day is the greatest thriller I have ever seen.
Upon rewatching this it might actually be my favourite Hitchcock, and it's definitely the film where he perfected his style and ability to create suspense. Without the camera even leaving a room it creates a superb thriller, and when you place James Stewart in that room, even if he's confined to a chair for the duration his performance is incredible, and he's helped by the charming Grace Kelly, and Hitchcock's technical genius and amazing ability to tell a story.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…