This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
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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…
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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…
Grace Kelly is the most enchanting woman ever captured on film.
There is no greater cinematic pleasure then watching a Hitchcock film.
One of Hitchcock's many masterpieces, Rear Window is incredibly watchable. Tense, funny, romantic, and filled with great characters, Hitchcock uses the film's single location to tremendous effect.
Jimmy Stewart's predicament allows the film to be both very claustrophobic and incredibly detailed. Though Stewart's observances, the viewers learn so much, which helps make this a great satire.
Watched this with my grandmother and aunt. My grandmother loved James Stewart, my aunt loved its dark humor, and I love everything about this film. It is still my favorite Hitchcock film. (and I think it's his best)
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I enjoyed the humour of it and how simple and true to life the premise is (breaking a leg and therefore being confined to one's apartment and looking through other people's windows to avoid boredom). Interesting in how the voyeurism is potrayed (in some ways what the protagonist sees in other people's windows is like snippets from a silent movie). And the film has a really great climax.
But tbh, early on some of it felt a bit slow to me and I wasn't really invested enough in the characters.
Revisited so that I could refresh my memory, and so that I could take notes to teach it this week in my new online film course. Why mess with the rest when you can start with the best?
Hitchcock's best film.
Rewatching this for a discussion group. Possibly one of the most perfect movies ever made. Suspenseful, funny, and still timely about so many things.
Very good, but I didn't find it as exciting as other Hitchcock stories.
today during class something happened. My friend got there late and so missed the beginning of it so, once she…
this list could probably go on forever
(there's a lot of cronenberg here)