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…
Now I know where Disturbia got it's entire plot from.
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…
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 -…
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 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 a broken leg and seeks to…
Rear Window and Vertigo have similarities in its mes en scene and plot. The first similarity that I noticed was that James Stewart plays the protagonist in both films. In Vertigo, Scottie is obsessed with Madeline and in Rear Window Jeff is obsessed with “window shopping.” Jeff suffers from a broken leg and Scottie suffers from acrophobia, both of which hold them back. To be specific, Jeff could not get Lisa to not go into the apartment, also when he used flashes to defend himself; all because he was not mobile enough. The use of lighting and shadows is significant because it provides both films with a sense of mystery and thriller.
There are many similarities between Rear Window, and Vertigo. To start they have the same lead actor, James Stewart, and his character is afflicted in some way in both films. In Vertigo, it's Vertigo, in Rear Window it's his leg. These similarities add up to make a film that has the same basic foundation for the story. There is a husband who wants to kill his wife in both films as well.
There are more similarities beyond just the plot. The cinematography is similar as well. The numerous high angle shots are seen in Rear Window. Also just as with Vertigo, the bulk of the cuts are eyeline match cuts. Both films are in color.
Now I know where Disturbia got it's entire plot from.
Alfred Hitchcock created Rear Window and Vertigo with a deep mindfulness for the darker sides of the human condition. Both films deal with human impulses that we, as a society, have pushed away from our public consciousness and brushed under some conversational carpet. These are impulses that we all share, but usually choose to stifle, hide, or ignore because of their "unwholesome" nature. Vertigo deals with our simultaneous fascination and fear of death, which turns into a self-destructive or obsessive impulse. Meanwhile, Rear Window deals with our voyeuristic impulse, caused by some kind of human loneliness and intrinsic desire for passivity and once again manifesting in an obsessive impulse. Both films' primary issues manifest into obsession and the mis-en-scene, cinematography,…
While Rear Window shares many thematic similarities with Hitchcock’s later work of Vertigo, the movies have major differences in tone and style, in some ways furthered by the plot and mood of the stories, but more so differing on a more basic level. Hitchcock still has a disabled protagonist and an attractive blond woman who pines for him (although there is only one in this case), but the dynamics are shifted wildly. Rather than have James Stewart play a character with a psychological condition, Hitchcock instead gives him a physical problem, something that he sacrificed for successfully this time, getting a picture of a crashing racecar head-on. His lover, Lisa, is also the one who pines after him this time,…
This movie is a masterpiece through and through, it gets better with rewatch, so I'll update this review as soon as I watch it again. One of my favorite Hitchcock films.
Rear Window is actually very similar to Vertigo in a few ways. The plots of both starts out pretty much the same, in which the main character sees some mystery and tries to solve it. Both of the main characters also have some weakness. In Rear Window Jeff's broken leg leads to Thorwald almost killing Lisa and Jeff. While Scottie's vertigo forces him to miss what actually happened at the top of the tower. Both of the characters also start to come off as a little obsessive and crazy. This is where the plots sort of go their own way, in Rear Window people join Jeff's side, while in Vertigo even the audience starts to see Scottie as crazy. The…
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