REAR WINDOW

(1954)
With James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr, Wendell Corey
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Reviewed by JL and JB

Rear Window     Along with VERTIGO (1958), REAR WINDOW has come to be regarded as one of Alfred Hitchcock's two greatest works.  The most renowned study of voyeurism ever filmed, REAR WINDOW is also Hitchcock's most technically innovative film, as well as one of his most allegorical.  James Stewart plays a photographer laid up in his apartment with a broken leg; out of boredom, he begins spying on his neighbors across the courtyard and discovers that every picture window tells a story.  The little social dramas unfolding in each apartment parallel Stewart's uncertain relationship with girlfriend Grace Kelly, but the most interesting events seem to be unfolding in Raymond Burr's apartment, where Stewart has seen enough to believe a murder has occurred.  A highly entertaining suspense thriller on the surface, a dense, complex masterpiece underneath.   - JL

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Remake

Rear Window (1998 - TV with Christopher Reeve)
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