Rewatched Apr 13, 2012
I decided to watch this for my Friday the 13th viewing. A great thriller/mystery.
The layout of the little apartment courtyard and the surrounding apartments is just fantastic. I can't think of a better looking setting for a film like this. And, the different types of characters and personalities in the different areas are great as well (Ms. Lonelyhearts, The Newleyweds, Ms. Torso, The Songwriter, etc).
It is also fascinating to note the relationship between LB/Lisa and the neighbors that he spies on as well as the relationship between LB & Lisa and the neighbors. In a way, Lisa and LB are like the Thorwalds and LB worries that they will end up like the newleyweds whose brief marriage has already disintegrated into nagging. Furthermore, Lisa, while appearing to have all men at her disposal (like Ms. Torso), only wants LB (like Ms. Torso and her Army beau). Even more so, LB and Thorwald are very similar in their annoyance with their partner's nagging..the only difference is that one commits a murder while the other doesn't.
The one thing that bothered me in the film that is a product of the times and isnt too much of a big deal is the cutting between scenes. its really choppy and awkward. like i said, product of the times and not that big of a deal.
The sound in this film is awesome. The source music (radio, piano, etc.) are all used in such a great way. Its hot outside so all the windows are open and that means all sorts of noises can be heard: children playing, the dog barking, birds chirping, cars whizzing by, etc. Its just a great array of noises and the Franz Waxman score is pretty good as well.