Rear Window

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Rear Window

Of all Hitchcock's films, this is the one which most reveals the man. As usual it evolves from one brilliantly plain idea: Stewart, immobilised in his apartment by a broken leg and aided by his girlfriend (Grace Kelly at her most Vogue-coverish), takes to watching the inhabitants across the courtyard, first with binoculars, later with his camera. He thinks he witnesses a murder... There is suspense enough, of course, but the important thing is the way that it is filmed: the camera never strays from inside Stewart's apartment, and every shot is closely aligned with his point of view. And what this relentless monomaniac witnesses is everyone's dirty linen: suicide, broken dreams, and cheap death. Quite aside from the violation of intimacy, which is shocking enough, Hitchcock has nowhere else come so close to pure misanthropy, nor given us so disturbing a definition of what it is to watch the 'silent film' of other people's lives, whether across a courtyard or up on a screen. No wonder the sensual puritan in him punishes Stewart by breaking his other leg.

By: CPea

Release details

Rated: PG
Duration: 112 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Screenwriter: John Michael Hayes
Cast: James Stewart
Grace Kelly
Wendell Corey
Thelma Ritter
Raymond Burr
Judith Evelyn

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I have seen Rear Window - I kid yee not - about thirty times now. Yes, I am an avid Hitchcock fan, but that's not the reason. My father, who is text book tv/film re-watcher, had this on over the Christmas holidays ON REPEAT. 


I will say, that watching it in bits and pieces over the course of a two week holiday in California, the movie never failed to pique my interest and cause that awful sensation of anxiety you get when watching a thriller movie. Even though I knew exactly what was going to happen, almost down to the minute, Hitchcock captured that anxious stomach wrenching feeling on film so perfectly. An incredible, incredible film. 


Also, James Stewart - are we ever going to have another Hollywood actor quite like him? Endearing, warm, handsome and actually - actually - a fantastic actor? I don't believe that anyone could do the role better, and there should be a petition to never remake any film that James Stewart is in - and that includes What a Wonderful Life. 


This is one of my favorite Hitchcock films (even though I can go a year or two without seeing it right now), and one of the better ones from his collection to start with. Go watch, you will not be disappointed. 

Camila

At least after reading this review, there is no need to watch the movie as it tells mos of it!

Camila

At least after reading this review, there is no need to watch the movie as it tells mos of it!

Kristen

This movie was great. I loved it. First time I have ever seen it, and we watched it for Intro to Film class. The way Hitchcock put you in the wheelchair and then thru the lense you see the slow turn of Thornwald, i gasped! haha it's such a creeped out feeling, like he actually spotted you spying on him! I LOVE IT!!!

Kristen

This movie was great. I loved it. First time I have ever seen it, and we watched it for Intro to Film class. The way Hitchcock put you in the wheelchair and then thru the lense you see the slow turn of Thornwald, i gasped! haha it's such a creeped out feeling, like he actually spotted you spying on him! I LOVE IT!!!