Rear Window ★★★★★

"A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder."

Voyeurism. This isn't a movie, but a pure excursion into unrelenting voyeurism, showing us as viewers along for the ride both the positives and negatives of observing everyday life to keep one entertained while also gratifying from some sort of inner pleasure, regardless of what's being observed. Our protagonist is surely guilty of voyeurism despite him being right with his assumptions of murder in the end. He expresses an array of emotions while watching outside his window, from sheer excitement to disbelieving horror. In the end, when he gets attacked in his apartment by Mr. Lars Thorwald (portrayed by Raymond Burr) we feel a mix of terror but also a sick gratification ourselves for the protagonist's meddling. It's absolutely fascinating (and scary) how Hitchcock was able to conjure up these feelings and themes with ease.
Rear Window is a great, grand film, exquisitely shot and edited, wonderfully scored, contains great actors & actresses, and is a suspense thrill-ride rollercoaster!

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