Rear Window (1954)
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as L.B. "Jeff" Jefferies
as Lisa Carol Fremont
as Lieutenant Thomas J. Doyle
as Mr. Lars Thorwald
as Miss Lonelyheart
as The Composer
as Miss Torso
as Mrs. Thorwald
as Woman on Fire Escape
as Fire Escape Man
as Miss Hearing Aid
as Party Girl
as Party Girl
as Miss Torso's Friend
as Woman with Poodle
as Bird Woman
as Stunt Detective (uncredited)
as Carl the Waiter
as Young Man
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The boorish but fascinating pastime of peeking into other people's homes -- a thing that New York apartment dwellers have a slight disposition to do -- is used by Director Alfred Hitchcock to impel a tense and exciting exercise.
It's one of Alfred Hitchcock's inspired audience-participation films: watching it, you feel titillated, horrified, and, ultimately, purged.
Just possibly the second most entertaining picture (after The 39 Steps) ever made by Alfred Hitchcock.
Of all Hitchcock's films, this is the one which most reveals the man.
The deliciousness of watching the film as it's intended to be seen is that the big screen gives Rear Window back its claustrophobia.
Audience Reviews for Rear Window
Definitely a film intended to digest w/o much thought, a sensation thrill ride, as a laid-up-due-to-injury photographer realizes his neighbor may have killed his wife. Start thinking and questions bubble up on their own: like why is a 20 year old babe with a guy twice her age? A guy who spends his time eyeballing his we-keep-our-windows-open neighbors, "but we don't notice a guy with binoculars watching us." And there are other problems, but ignor the obvious snafus and the suspense will electrify.
Rear Window is regularly listed with the greatest movies ever made. Certainly one of Hitchcock's finest. In addition to the exceptional chemistry between star James Stewart and a radiant Grace Kelly , there's Raymond Burr as salesman Lars Thorwald with his hair dyed white to make him appear older. When his invalid wife disappears, Jeff suspects foul play might be involved. The setting is a fascinating tableau. Virtually the entire feature is shot from Jeff's gaze looking out into the open courtyard into the many windows of his neighbors. Each residence is a set within itself, fully furnished. With few exceptions, the camera never leaves the confinement of Stewart's apartment. The setting can get a bit claustrophobic. Nevertheless it's a brilliantly assembled theatrical piece right down to the heart-pounding climax . Hitchcock's brilliance as a director has never been questioned and with Rear Window, his abilities as a visual storyteller remain unparalleled. fastfilmreviews.com
Masterful Hitchcock motion picture; filled with mystery, humor, suspense and a fluid direction. Rear Window is a classic film led by James Stewart and comprised of plenty of homages to American cinema in the mid-1900s. 4/5
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