All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
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…
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 -…
Masterpiece, Highly Recommended.
Thrilling from start to finish Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” delivers a kind of entertainment that can’t be found in today’s cinema. For now movies that take place in one room are left for indie dramas not thrillers.
Hitchcock seems to not be interested in coming up with the most original crime story and instead takes a simple story and executes every part of it beautifully to create the near perfect film of “Rear Window.” The camerawork in the film is magnificent and the decision to have much of the film be shot from the perspective of Jeffries’ camera is fascinating and only adds to the suspense. The film uses lighting to a tremendous advantage, in that much of the major events…
There wasn't a movie like it back in 1954 and there isn't a movie like it now in 2015.
The thing I love about Hitchcock is that he has the filmmaker's imagination to come up with the great visual and story gimmick - the courtyard, in this case - but you know he's not going to just rest on the gimmick. The technique is also going to be immaculate, the character drama will resonate, and, of course, the suspense will have you on the edge of your seat.
Seen this before but it gets so much more interesting once you are aware of the solution to the main mystery. How Hitchcock managed to include such an intricate series of interactions between other tenants really stood out for me on the second watch.
Excellent, though the abruptness of the end is jarring.
Watch this panoramic time lapse of the film afterward.
At the Royal with Yuki. Neat to see it on the big screen.
I've only seen Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life and Shop Around The Corner, but I will definitely seek out more of his films after his performance in Rear Window. This film indulges our curiosity about our neighbors, what they're up to and who they are. We've all had that neighbor we make up stories about from our limited observations and spying between curtains and blinds. So has Jeffries, but in his case, he is tragically correct.
The way he can not only see but hear snippets of his neighbors' everyday lives raises interesting questions about living in a cramped city. Can you really blame your neighbors for wondering about what you're doing when you're probably wondering about them…