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"Rear Window" (1954) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #76 Gem Mint 10.0

“Rear Window“ (1954)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Writer: John Michael Hayes (screenplay), Cornell Woolrich (short story)

Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr, Georgine Darcy, Wendell Corey, Ross Bagdasarian, Judith Evevlyn

Rated: PG some frightening images and mild violence

Runtime: 1h 52min

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Country: USA

Language: English

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

You might like this if you like: Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, Grace Kelly, thrillers, suspense, horror, "Disturbia" (2007), crime stories

James Stewart in "Rear Window" (1954)

My personal Alfred Hitchcock favorite! Although “The Birds” (1967) comes close. This was one of the earliest ones I had seen of Alfred Hitchcock’s and it always stood out to me as one his best.

James Stewart is one of my favorite classic actors. I enjoy him strangely more than I do Alfred Hitchcock. I could watch a marathon of his films over a batch of ‘Cock’s. Grace Kelly does a wonderful job and is a true beauty of her time. Reminds me of a 50s Margot Robbie.

James Stewart (left) & Grace Kelly (right) in "Rear Window" (1954)

I loved the forced perspective of never getting to see from the other side. It inherently creates a sense of fear and paranoia; not being able to see everything and keeping you immobile just like James Stewart is. It’s a wonderful trick of the eye.

One of the most interesting scenarios to have a character to be stuck in. The lack of scenery and location all adds to the claustrophobia and fear that Alfred Hitchcock creates so well.

"Rear Window" (1954)

I’m a MASSIVE fan of the ‘unofficial’ remake that was heavily inspired by “Rear Window” (1954): “Disturbia” (2007) starring Shia LaBeouf. I love them both equally for their similarities and differences (will review “Disturbia” 2007 separately). “Rear Window”’s charm for was James Stewart just as Shia LaBeouf was to “Disturbia”’s.

James Stewart in "Rear Window" (1954)

One of my all time favorite thrillers! Favorite Hitchcock film! A fun, suspenseful ride that plays closer to home than you might not be willing to admit!

Written by Sam Gall on 10/13/20

CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0

"For a film with few sets, only a handful of roles, and no special effects or visual wizardry, the film is a singular masterpiece." - Mike Massie, Gone With The Twins

"If someone who has never seen a Hitchcock film asked me to recommend the one they should see first, I would pick Rear Window." - Allen Almachar, The MacGuffin

"An incisive observation of the psychological traps of speculation and voyeurism. It's one of the best films in the Hitchcock's catalog." - Yasser Medina, Cinemaficionados

"The boorish but fascinating pastime of peeking into other people's homes -- a thing that New York apartment dwellers have a slight disposition to do -- is used by Director Alfred Hitchcock to impel a tense and exciting exercise." - Bosley Crowther, New York Times

Official Trailer:

Cool behind the scenes with screenwriter: John Michael Hayes

Available on various VOD platforms

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