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…
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…
Just scared the crap out of the kids with this. Their first Hitchcock.
**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…
grace kelly is much too hot to be wasting her time with this dud.
Hitchcock's Masterpiece. Everything that we think about Hitchcock this film is. Grace Kelly is a rider.
Entre lo que hacen unos por aburrimiento y otras por amor, Hitchcock te hacía una obra maestra.
it is definitely an amazing movie and fun to watch that was way ahead of its time (specially the use of sound and noises is outstanding)...
Simply a great motion picture. Great direction, script, acting. Wonderful idea for a movie and so much depth in the story.
Grace Kelly is just mesmerizing in this, Stewart is great.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Director Count: #1 of 5
Challenge Count: #1 of 25
Rear Window is so visually satisfying and tense, with perfect chemistry between James Stewart and Grace Kelly. I want to roll around in this film's feigned simplicity. I want to feast my eyes on this every day of the week. Good good good.
Besides the gorgeous set and unprecedented use of space, Rear Window interests me as a piece of fiction within fiction—the protagonist’s created story. Because it’s really Jeff that’s making the plot unfold: without an audience the murder would have just been a story, lacking the correct beats to create tension and probably rather boring. As the opening credits finish, the window drapes roll up like a stage’s curtains, revealing the characters and set. And Jeff seems to be the perfect audience. He not only brings in his prior knowledge to the story, but draws in his friends to watch the story unfold with him.
This act of creating through watching does two things. It plays into what seems to be…
We Made a Millennial Watch Rear Window, and He Thought It Was "Alright"
This is pure K I N O.
*Looks in my window* "Im telling you, this guy hasnt left his house in days. Annnnnd hes masturbating again."
inspired by Jack Bower's most recent list, I decided to do an interactive list where you just comment your favorite…
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…