All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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…
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…
**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…
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…
This film gets better with every watch. It's brilliant! It looks beautiful on blu ray. Every character is as important to the storyline as each other. Perfectly paced while also smart, suspenseful and funnier than I remember. James Stewart and Grace Kelly are perfect. I only wish my neighborhood was half this interesting!
i've seen the simpsons parody of this so many times that i genuinely expected it to end the same way the episode did
I screamed. A lot. Hitchcock, you really know how to build anxiety. Let me just shake off these rattles in the shower.
"Rear window ethics"?
Hitchcock's Rear Window taps into the basic human desire to know what's going on at the neighbor's and turns this into an effective thriller. There is enough suspense to keep the 2 hour movie seem to fly by. However, there are more than a few odd things going on in the film. Especially, L.B. Jeffries callous attitude towards the suicidal neighbor and his questionable behavior towards his girlfriend makes him a rather unlikable protagonist. Nevertheless, you can become thoroughly invested in story.
Worth a watch.
A film that oozes tension in such a confined setting, Rear Window is a phenomenally constructed mystery with fully fleshed out characters, a tense atmosphere, great performances and terrific direction by Alfred Hitchcock. Excellent, excellent film.
I assumed I knew everything about this movie, but apparently all the film critics in all the land didn't want to mention that this movie was basically a comedy?
Classic Movies are Fun, let's remember that.
Hitchcock isn't called the master of suspense for nothing. While Rear Window didn't feel like a great movie for me, it definitely kept me tense througout the 3rd act. James Stewart delivers a strong performance that puts the viewer in his shoes.
My favorite Hitchcock. There's is nothing new to be said for this film. I really noticed the reflections on relationships and love this time around. Each tenant is at a different point along the relationship / marriage spectrum. I also noticed Grace Kelly's character gradually become more adventurousness - as revealed in the final image, mostly to impress Stewart. Not quite sure what Hitchcock is saying about relationships, but I'm sure it could be teased out.
Loved seeing it on the big screen. The small theater I was in interestingly had two brick walls right on each side of the screen, adding to the claustrophobic effect and seamlessly blending with the brick of the apartment.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!