Today I talk about rear window which i review for The Second Annual Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon hosted by Maddy Loves Her Classic Films. Rear window is one amazing thriller that is one of the best thrillers ever made. Hitchcock always crafts wonders so i will talk about another wonder done by Hitchcock today. I would also love to thank host and ask you check out other posts from this wonderful event as now to review this classic gem.
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Hitchcock isn’t the master of tension without good reason as his direction in rear window of how Rear Window is one of the best instances of how Hitchcock builds tension as he manages to slowly over each scene build tension throughout the film.
Rear window is is one of Hitchcock’s finest tales which is an tale of voyeurism in miniature as 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 that you are set upon to figure out.
James Stewart’s performance on the screen as Jeff is one of the finest acted on the screen. He emotes with such detailed movements that shows each of his expressions with his eyes and detailed movements that makes his performance truly special to watch unfold on the screen. James Stewart delivers possibly a career best performance as the stir crazy invalid. Restricted to only minimal body movement as its truly one amazing performance you watch unfold on the screen.
Thelma Ritter plays such a fine role upon the screen. Grace Kelly gives out such an amazing performance on the screen. Beautiful Grace Kelly is outstanding as the lovely girlfriend who turns into an adventurous spy as she gets interested in his boyfriend’s new hobby as she gets into the troubles of the mystery with her boyfriend. She is so charming to watch unfold on the screen.
You get the impression Hitchcock was a director that liked to be pushed and tested to his limits. From the early days of the cramped Lifeboat to the cleverly edited one-shot Rope, Hitchcock has enjoyed being technically restricted and challenged. Rear Window may have been filmed on the largest indoor soundstage at the time but he forced himself to remain tightly focused on the important elements of the story which was cleverly written by John Michael Hayes.
Rear window is superbly directed by Hitchcock with great use of suspense, the film presents the director in complete control of his film-making wizardry that is so smartly crafted out with wonderful Cinematography by Robert barks and a wonderful musical score by Franz Waxman that all make this movie truly come to life upon the screen.
Rear Window is a wonderfully simple thriller that also flirts with comedy and drama. With the always active photographer, L.B. ‘Jeff’ Jefferies, confined to a wheelchair he is left with little to do but spy on his fellow neighbours across the courtyard. Jeff becomes a voyeur in the same way we do when we watch movies upon the screen. Rear Window is an undisputed masterpiece that you simply will adore to watch anytime.
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One of my very favorites, including two of my favorites of the film industry, in different capacities – Alfred Hitchcock and the incomparable Jimmy Stewart. Terrific review!
I adore this film. I love Grace Kelly’s character and must say it was quite gutsy of James Stewart to take this role. There is quite a dark undercurrent in his character. I’ve seen the movie many times, and I’ll watch it many more times I’m sure.
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Thanks so much for joining! This film is a masterpiece. It has something in it for everyone to enjoy and is one of Hitchcock’s most suspenseful films. The apartment complex set is amazing. I love Grace’s character in this and how she surprises Jimmy by showing him she is more than a glamorous beauty.
I love how boredom leads to curiosity and then to the mystery that involves everyone in Jeff’s orbit. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching Rear Window. This was an excellent choice for the blogathon.
This is a great movie indeed, and I quite agree, this is perhaps one of James Stewart’s best performances.
I love Rear Window!!! I saw it so many times but never get tired of it 🙂
I didn’t like this movie when I first saw it (I was too impatient as a kid and thought it boring), but now I can’t get over its amazing timing. And any time with Thelma Ritter is a joy.