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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…
A sensational thriller from Alfred Hitchcock, commenting on the obsessive and addictive nature of cinema.
There are few films that I would consider perfect. Even some of my favourites have flaws despite me loving them unconditionally but Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window is to me, a perfect film. Hitchcock melds suspense, comedy and drama like nothing I have ever seen and every time I watch Rear Window - I am reminded of how great he could be. His take on voyeurism draws us in and makes us, as the audience, an accomplice to the mystery and just like James Stewart, we can’t help ourselves. The writing is superb and the wit as sharp as any knife, a particular shout out goes to Thelma Ritter, whose confidence and delivery is excellent and really makes the dialogue shine.…
I now understand why Hitchcock is called the master of suspense. The last 40 minutes of this movie had me on the edge of my seat and filled with anxiety. The set was extremely colorful and the lighting was perfect. Lots of interesting composition, this is a film lovers wet dream.
Primeiro filme do Hitchcock que assisti... muito bom!
Class, UCSC - FILM 120
Such a good film! Susepensful and just great!
A top Hitchcock film about voyeurism and murder with a top cast and intriguing views of the apartment neighbors.
Well that was more tense and "horrific" than Psycho and Birds combined 10 times over.
This entire film takes place basically just inside this apartment sure you see stuff going on outside but you are trapped inside the same room as Jeff is.
Jeff, played by that Christmas dude, is a fuckin marvelous character who looks out of his window with a face of disgust and hatred for those around him. Played with great comedic wit by James Stewart. Jeff seems to be more interested in the crime at play here more than his relationship with Lisa. His eyes are always fixated on that one apartment. He looks on at all the neighbors with a sense of intrigue and amusement.…
Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
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