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 -…
Now I know where Disturbia got it's entire plot from.
Here's yet another review I am doing over, as I originally had up something far too short for a movie I give the highest possible rating to. I have seen this a few times before and luckily one of them was on the big screen. Still, it was something I hadn't seen in far too long and via my local library I sat down to watch it on DVD.
To think that this movie was filmed on a giant soundstage and almost all of the action was either shot looking into or looking out of one room in an apartment, and most of the sound is ambient and natural to the world and yet it is a masterpiece... Hitchcock has…
Alfred hitchcock's masterpiece.. the story is about the view of the hero from his rear window........... an excellent piece of work..
Otra joya del maestro Hitchcock
1954's Rear Window Is One Of My Favorite Films, I Like It Because It Just Turned 60 Years Old This Year In 2014.
***For my 365 in 365 challenge I'm supposed to do a review for every movie I see, but it seems I've let a few fall through the cracks. Here go some quickies to catch up.***
I am not a fan of Vertigo. In fact, I think it's a bad movie. At worst it's unintentionally funny. I feel as if Son in Law were to make the top of Sight and Sound's top 250 list people would write five star reviews for it. I don't normally like to hate on other people's opinions, but I really don't understand the love for Vertigo. The cynical side of me thinks that a lot of it has to do with people seeing a big…
Peeping tom. Sees everything that goes on. In his neighborhood that is. The way he plays with those binoculars. You'd think he was a kid. It's fun to spy on your neighbors. To sit back while they toil away at their every day labors.
But, unknown to laid up Jeffrey. He's about to make a deadly enemy. You see, one of his neighbors - a man around, oh say about, 40 some years old - is aware he's being watched. And he'll go as far to kill for it to be stopped. He's creepy. Mean. And hides a secret that only Jeffery has seen. The act of the crime. the man in question has gone and taken the life of…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Oh, so anxious!
Engrossing allegory for cinema itself, though set-up sometimes smells too board game. Tight camerawork, glorious pans and cuts. [A-]
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