Rear Window (1954)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1954Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the short story by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

James Stewart is fantastic as a photojournalist who finds himself with nothing to do after a broken leg leaves him holed up in his apartment, staring at his back-window neighbours while sitting in his wheelchair. It’s just lazy days until one night when he is under the impression that he has witnessed a murder. Girlfriend Grace Kelly insists that he is just bored and seeing things, but eventually even she can’t resist being caught up in the intrigue that he is creating. Hitchcock’s direction is letter-perfect, the screenplay by John Michael Hayes is seamless, and all the performances shine–Kelly was never sexier, Stewart never more stalwart and Thelma Ritter never more acidically delightful. A real treat for anyone lucky enough to see it.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Director (Alfred Hitchcock); Best Screenplay; Best Cinematography-Colour; Best Sound Recording

Venice Film Festival: In Competition


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