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…
Depraved voyeur abuses elderly neighbor.
I always find it hard to believe that Grace Kelly’s character is in love with Jimmy Stewart’s cantankerous photographer.
One of the perfect pictures. Definitely my favorite Hitch picture. One of my favorite aspects of this film is the camera never leaves Jeff's apartment. You either see the apartment itself or the view from the window and I think that is such a mark of camera genius. The view from the window is so spectacular because it's so easy to eavesdrop on the different lives of the tenants in each apartment, and it goes to show there is always something going on, even if you aren't paying attention.
I'd also like to say Grace Kelly's wardrobe is one of my favorite film wardrobes ever.
Watching Rear Window, I was reminded of the long standing conversation of film making ethics in regards to its use of voyeurism; now of days these concerns are more critical of representation, but the topic seems evident throughout this Hitchcock film. Jefferies, immobilized from his international expeditions into his increasingly hot apartment, begins obsessing over the stories he can gleam through the various windows of his neighbours. Though the topic is considered in its application, it generally lacks commentary, leaving Rear Window artfully simple despite its myriad of tensely set scenes.
The design and blocking of Rear Window's scenes is tremendous, especially given its adherence to a limited perspective, only seeing crucial moments through a handful of frames cut from…
Unterhaltsames, voyeuristisches Krimi-Kammerspiel - die Beweggründe des Täters werden leider nicht aufgeklärt.
"That's no ordinary look. That's the kind of a look a man gives when he's afraid somebody might be watching him."
- L.B. Jeffries
So I watched another Hitchcock classic. And I loved it. It's way better then the previous movie I saw from Hitchcock (The Birds). In this one, you can actually feel the suspense. The movie starts slow, I admit that yeah. But when the plot starts to unravel, it really captures your attention and doesn't let you go.
The movie takes place in just one room, and from that room we can see the whole neighborhood living their lives. And together with our main character, we notice that something isn't right. He thinks that one of his…
First viewing, absolutely loved it, Hitchcock is truly the mast of suspense.
Sometimes the film with the most simple of premises can be entertaining and Rear Window is exactly one of those films and one of my personal favourites from Alfred Hitchcock as we witness everything through Jeff's point of view, confided to a wheelchair and trapped in his apartment with only the window to provide a live action cinematic experience for him, quite literally being the eyes of the viewer. As he surveys the neighbours as days pass by, he has two women that pay him visits to keep him happy and also indulge in his 'peeping tom' ways, one a nurse named Stella and the other is girlfriend Lisa Fremont, who also join with Jeff's obsession with one specific neighbour…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!