Rear Window

Rear Window ★★★★★

Rear Window. 1954. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Rear Window (1954) directed by Alfred Hitchcock based on the screenplay by John MIchael Hayes and the short story “It Had to be Murder” by Cornell Woolrich. The true eyes of this rear window film is Robert Burks the director of photography. Burks utilized his camera to show us the many neighbors that James Stewart (L.B. Jeffries), Grace Kelly (Lisa Carol Fremont), and Thelma Ritter (Stella) are obsessed and paranoid about. Raymond Burr (Lars Thorwald) plays the villain of interest. It is Hitchcock’s direction via flesh colored ear pieces in the ears of the many inhabitants of the apartments and the top billed cast that make this neo-noir world so full of paranoia, murder, and suspicion flow together so well. I have been watching this film since I was a child (ten years old). I viewed it today as a means of relaxation and it fits my current noir obsession. Grace Kelly and James Stewart have such explosive screen chemistry despite James Stewart being handicapped due to a broken leg. Some say the hero is trapped in a wheelchair. However, I think Stewart, Kelly, and Ritter are all heroes. This is a film that I will watch many more times because it is timeless and after all, as cinephiles we are all voyeurs of film. This film illustrates how we peek through the camera’s keyhole into other peoples lives. Franz Waxman’s music is subtle when it needs to be and intense at just the right moments to illustrate love, grave danger, and the pain of being immobilized in a cast. In addition, Georgine Darcy’s (Miss Torso) beauty and elegant dance moves increase my pulse and temperature during each viewing. 💖💞✨🏳️‍🌈

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