Rear Window movie
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      Hitchcock’s classic masterpiece is still as enjoyable today as it ever was. James Stewart plays Jeff, a career photographer who has travelled far and wide, but now finds himself confined to a wheelchair after an accident.

      As he idles away his time, spying on his neighbours with a pair of binoculars, girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) and nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter) try their best to keep his spirits up and heart afloat.

      The opening sequences of the movie are exceptional, showing off some ingenious direction on Hitchcock’s part, making the most of the confined surroundings


      and heightening the lead character’s isolation and perspective from where he sits idle.

      There’s some terrific character building with Lisa’s introduction in particular a stand out scene that very swiftly establishes both her personality and relationship with lover Jeff.

      Thelma Ritter is great as the sharp tongued and thrifty Stella who puts Jeff to rights more often than not and offers a voice of reason, but ultimately its Stewart who shines in his lead role as the wheelchair bound hero of the piece.

      As he continues to sit idly, spending his hours spying on ...


      • neighbours, Jeff soon casts his gaze upon a sinister looking incident with a neighbour.

        Convinced the man has murdered his wife, Jeff drafts in the help of Stella, Lisa and old friend Doyle into his suspicions with varying degrees of success.

        The film is a masterpiece in suspense, but more than that, deserves high praise for making the most of very little.

        The core cast is tiny (there’s only a handful of speaking roles) and the sets themselves don’t extend beyond Jeff’s apartment and the rooms of his neighbours which he overlooks.

        Not only

        does Hitchcock make us not care about these restrictions, he makes us enjoy them, makes them relish them.

        We become very comfortable in these surroundings, intimate with them; putting us in Jeff’s mind as he casts his eyes suspiciously over those around him.

        If you haven’t seen this film yet, you need to track it down as soon as possible.

        Don’t let the release date put you off, because like much of Hitchcock’s work there’s a rich, timeless quality about this film, so much so you’ll let any concerns about age or the like fall away.




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