Ah it’s a movie that’s in IMDB’s Top 20, and it has good reason to be. For starter’s let’s look at the simple premise – James Stewart is L. B. Jeffries, a photographer who is currently recovering from an injury on assignment. With his broken leg he’s stuck in his apartment, with nothing better to do than spy on his neighbours and be visited by his girlfriend, Lisa Carol Fremont (Grace Kelly), his officer friend Wendell, and his nurse, Stella. Jeffries observes the coming and goings of the various apartments he can observe (from his rear apartment window) and it is one of these – a Raymond Burr – who draws his attention because. could it be that the man has committed some heinous crime? Let’s find out.One of the beautiful things about the movie is its superb use of location. The whole movie, bar a couple of brief scenes, is set in the apartment. This would seem claustrophobic but Hitchcock never inhibits us like this – he lets us escape through Jeffries binoculars and camera lenses, and his roving camera swoops down to let us see what the characters see (but never, thankfully, anything more than that – this is how you do suspense!). The set design is wonderful – the apartment is just the right size and is nicely laid out. However the real praise is for all the other apartments visible to Jeffries – an actual habitable set with multiple stories where characters can be observed only as they pass by their own windows (yeah, they don’t care much for curtains). There’s a sense of individuality gone in to each home, despite the fact we can only see barely elements of each. This is helped by a nice, differing range of characters inhabiting each and going about their daily lives – there’s a mini soap-opera contained in the movie, all observed at a distance. Excellent stuff.Acting? It’s great here. There’s some nice depth to the characters here, with them feeling like actual real people rather than slick one-dimensional tags. Stewart is very proficient in this type of role – he was born to it – and Kelly proves she is more than just a pretty face, managing to effuse her character with both grace (*groan*) and steel. Even supporting characters like Stella are good (she has a wickedly black sense of thinking that’s hilarious). What’s so incredible is that the characters we observe from a distance in the other apartments (and with whom we never actually interact with) have as much depth as most main characters in movies nowadays. Excellent script and acting in this movie.I’ve already praised Hitchcock’s set location and camera work, so I won’t prattle on about him much more. He does a stellar job here and, in my opinion, this is the best piece of work he’s done (that I’ve seen). It’s virtually flawless and you’re never let down (or bored). Well done. It’s a shame he lost out on an Oscar (although he did have tough competition that year with `On the Waterfront’).`Rear Window’ is a great example of how you can successfully have sharp acting, script, and directing and not feel the need for a slew of swear words and gratuitous violence. Regarded as a classic, and deservedly so. 9.1/10
Rear Window (1954) Movie Data
Rear Window (1954) is Mystery Thriller Genres film which released in 1954. Rear Window (1954) supported by Wendell Corey, James Stewart, and Grace Kelly. This movie has 1h 52min duration and rating around 8.5 star from 336,538 movie experts. Not bad.
Rear Window (1954) Short Storyline
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Actor Actress behind Rear Window (1954) Movie
James Stewart,Grace Kelly,Wendell Corey
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: John Michael Hayes
Rear Window (1954) PLOT STORY
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.
L.B. ‘Jeff’ Jefferies is an immobilized photo-journalist who, after breaking his leg photographing a racetrack accident, finds himself wheelchair bound and confined to the walls of his apartment. His rear window looks out onto a courtyard and several other apartments, where the binocular-wielding Jefferies spends his days as a voyeur spying on his neighbors. Jefferies gradually becomes more and more engrossed with this activity of his, and soon brings his girlfriend, Lisa, in on the thrill of his voyeurism. It’s all fun and games for the two until they witness what they believe to be a murder in progress, becoming increasingly convinced as they continue to observe the apartment.
Photagrapher L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries is confined to his small apartment with a broken leg. To pass the time, he watches the goings-on of his motley assortment of neighbors – a frustrated yet fun-loving composer, a middle-aged couple with a small dog, a dancer who seems to enjoy practicing her routines while scantily clad, a pair of reclusive newlyweds, a lonely woman who seems to live in a fantasy world, and a salesman and his invalid wife. One day the wife inexplicably disappears, and the salesman starts doing things that lead Jeff to suspect that he may have murdered her. Unfortunately, he has no proof and no one seems to believe him. Eventually, however, things start falling together in a way that make it look like Jeff might just be right after all. Finally, his girlfriend Lisa and his nurse Stella come up with a plan to catch the killer red-handed. But doing so could put all of their lives in danger.
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