Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Rear Window (1954)

James Stewart Movie #3

Alfred Hitchcock Movie #2

Synopsis: Obsessed peeping tom spies on troubled neighbour, breaks into his home, and ruins a man’s life. Attentive super-citizen takes action to thwart murder conspiracy. 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “None of Hitchcock’s films has ever given a clearer view of his genius for suspense than Rear Window. When professional photographer LB ‘Jeff’ Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbours play out across the courtyard.” 

What Did I Learn?: 1) "Intelligence. Nothing has caused the human race so much trouble as intelligence." 2) "Nobody ever invented a polite word for a killin' yet." 3) "When two people love each other, they come together - WHAM - like two taxis on Broadway." 4) Guys, if you and your lady are having issues, there's nothing like a little paranoid suspicion that's directed at a nearby neighbour to bring you two lovebirds back together again. 


Really?: So wait, Jeff is all set to dump Lisa, a hot chick (Grace Kelly) who brings him food while he's injured, all because, um...she's rich, has excellent taste, and likes to attend A-list parties? Gee, that makes a lot of sense.

Rating: Rear Window is easily one of Hitchcock's best films; it's well-written, suspenseful, and Stewart and Kelly share some great on-screen chemistry. Oh, and watch for Raymond Burr (pre-Perry Mason) as the mysterious neighbour. Highly recommended. 10/10 stars.

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