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Rear Window (Widescreen) (1954)

James Stewart , Grace Kelly , Alfred Hitchcock , Laurent Bouzereau    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Like the Greenwich Village courtyard view from its titular portal, Alfred Hitchcock's classic Rear Window is both confined and multileveled: both its story and visual perspective are dictated by its protagonist's imprisonment in his apartment, convalescing in a wheelchair, from which both he and the audience observe the lives of his neighbors. Cheerful voyeurism, as well as the behavior glimpsed among the various tenants, affords a droll comic atmosphere that gradually darkens when he sees clues to what may be a murder.

Photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) is, in fact, a voyeur by trade, a professional photographer sidelined by an accident while on assignment. His immersion in the human drama (and comedy) visible from his window is a by-product of boredom, underlined by the disapproval of his girlfriend, Lisa (Grace Kelly), and a wisecracking visiting nurse (Thelma Ritter). Yet when the invalid wife of Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr) disappears, Jeff enlists the two women to help him to determine whether she's really left town, as Thorwald insists, or been murdered.

Hitchcock scholar Donald Spoto convincingly argues that the crime at the center of this mystery is the MacGuffin--a mere pretext--in a film that's more interested in the implications of Jeff's sentinel perspective. We actually learn more about the lives of the other neighbors (given generic names by Jeff, even as he's drawn into their lives) he, and we, watch undetected than we do the putative murderer and his victim. Jeff's evident fear of intimacy and commitment with the elegant, adoring Lisa provides the other vital thread to the script, one woven not only into the couple's own relationship, but reflected and even commented upon through the various neighbors' lives.

At minimum, Hitchcock's skill at making us accomplices to Jeff's spying, coupled with an ingenious escalation of suspense as the teasingly vague evidence coalesces into ominous proof, deliver a superb thriller spiked with droll humor, right up to its nail-biting, nightmarish climax. At deeper levels, however, Rear Window plumbs issues of moral responsibility and emotional honesty, while offering further proof (were any needed) of the director's brilliance as a visual storyteller. --Sam Sutherland

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None of Hitchcock's films has ever given a clearer view of his genius for suspense than Rear Window. When professional photographer J.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard. When he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife, Jeffries enlists the help of his glamorous socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to investigate the highly suspicious chain of events... Events that ultimately lead to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in all of film history.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Turn Out The Light ... He's Seen Us!" May 18 2004
Format:DVD
Show of hands please --- Who here loves anything with Jimmy Stewart in it? How about the lovely Grace Kelly?
Results --- ** Entire world placing hands skyward. ** :)
Well that's not surprising. Put Jimmy and Grace together (in an Alfred Hitchcock flick no less!), and you can't help but to have a classic piece of motion picture entertainment.
One of the all-time great suspense films, "Rear Window" (1954) places us (the viewer) squarely in the shoes of L.B. Jefferies (Stewart), as he peers out his "rear window" at his courtyard neighbors. (BTW -- My spelling of "Jefferies" in this review IS correct. I've noticed "Jefferies" almost always being misspelled "Jeffries" (lacking an "E"). The spelling of Jeff's last name can easily be verified at the beginning of the movie, when the camera pans across his leg cast, revealing the words: "Here lie the broken bones of L.B. Jefferies". I assume that the filmmakers didn't deliberately have Jeff's last name misspelled on the cast. Of course, I suppose that's always *possible*; but I fail to see a reason WHY they'd do it.) :-)
Hitchcock lets the plot of the movie unfold in sections, building the suspense and drama with his usual superb efficiency and skill. But "Rear Window", when you stop and think about it for a minute, doesn't really follow the same "format" as many (or most) other Hitchcock pictures -- in that we (the audience) are just as much in the dark about this possible "murder" across the courtyard as L.B. Jefferies is. In many of the director's films, "Hitch" lets his viewing audience know, right up front, that there's a "bomb under the table" (to use Hitchcock's own example from his interviews).
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Got interested in Grace Kelly's movies because of an Exhibit held in Montreal in 2013. It is great that to be able to watch in DVD format this great movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real classic Dec 23 2013
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I saw this movie as a teenager and really liked it. Then I when I saw another Hitchcock recently, I remembered all the style and detail he imbued into his movies and decided to purchase Rear Window. It did not disappoint. A great movie for classic film buffs as well as those who like a suspense and style. Grace Kelly's clothes are worth a look as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parfait Aug. 7 2012
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Le film est tel que je me le rappelais. La livraison a été rapide et le film est arrivé sans heurts.

Ce film d'Hithcock est un de mes préféré, depuis longtemps.
Il faut le voir au moins une fois, et vous y reviendrez après c'est certain.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Alfred Hitchcock Movie July 5 2004
By J
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North By Northwest and Vertigo are spectacular cinematic achievements but, for me, Rear Window is the one Hitchcock movie everyone must see. It is as perfect as a Hitchcock movie can be. One of the greatest American movies ever made. Not one false note. It is the movie I would show to someone who hasn't seen a Hitchcock movie but wonders what they're all about and why he's so revered. The tremendous psychological drama and cat and mouse suspense are perfectly tuned. Stewart turns in a brillantly nuanced performance as a morally dubious peeping tom. The film is about him, of course. Not about an unseen murder or a pieced together amateur murder investigation. Listen to the dialogue and observe the interactions between Stewart and his guests. Subtext and more subtext. Just perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HEADS UP ON LEGACY VERSION Jan. 2 2009
By Greg
Format:DVD
I own both the older dvd release and the legacy version and i have to say the picture is only improved by a small margin..and heres the warning the audio on the legacy version is horrible!!Full of hiss and noise.I cant believe Universal released it this way.Buy the collectors edition dvd instead the audio is the way it should be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock the Voyeur Aug. 17 2007
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Have you ever looked into a neighbour's home and caught sight of someone doing something he shouldn't? Have you immediately looked away, or have you lingered a little? If you have lingered a little, then Rear Window is for you. James Stewart plays L.B. Jeffries, a photographer whose broken leg has turned him into a voyeur. He is fascinated by the goings-on of his neighbours, none more so than the character portrayed by Raymond Burr, who would have gotten away with killing his wife if only he had invested in blinds.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Jimmy Stewart is L.B. Jeffries, an action photographer who is laid up with his leg in a cast to his waist after getting too close to an automobile racing accident. From the rear window of his New York apartment "Jeff" can see the going's on of many of his neighbors - "Miss Lonelyhearts", a middle-aged lady who seems unlucky in love, "The Songwriter" who plunks at his studio piano trying to come up with a hit, "Miss Torso" the dancer who entertains many men in between stretching her lithe body across the courtyard from our vantage-point.
Jeffries also has a girlfriend, a socialite named Lisa Fremont who is played by Grace Kelly, and the Princess never looked more beautiful or graceful than in this film. Her introduction into the movie is, in my humble opinion, the most beautiful "close-up" ever done, and when she kisses Jimmy Stewart how many men have wished that it were them?
OH! Did I mention there is a spine-tingling mystery story mixed in with all of the above? One of Jeffries neighbors is Lars Thorwald, played by Raymond Burr, who has an invalid wife who nags and belittles him. One day the wife is gone. Has she just gone on a visit? Or has Mr. Thorwald had enough and done her in? I won't answer that question, but I promise you'll be on the edge of your seat more than once as you find out. There is more than one scene where the suspense is almost unbearable.
Thelma Ritter is in several scenes as the home-health nurse who comes to look in after the immobilized Jeffries, and she steals all of her scenes with her witty and morbid sense of curiosity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock at his best!
You feel like a «voyeur» watching with James Stewart and a beautiful Grace Kelly the lives of people through their windows. It is my all-time favorite Hitchcock!
Published 11 months ago by Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Lars where you going with that suitcase in your hand?
It's a hot evening in attendance apartment complex. Evidently there is no air-conditioning or self-consciousness that open windows attracts voyeurs. L.B. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2011 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hitchcock Classic
I have three favourite Hitchcock movies. This is one of them and the other two are "I Confess" and "Dial M For Murder". Read more
Published on June 16 2011 by Movie Nut
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Movies Ever Made
Anyone who doesn't think this is one of the greatest movies ever made doesn't know anything about film. Read more
Published on April 28 2007 by David Beckett
5.0 out of 5 stars Peeping James
Alfred Hitchcock was in near-perfect form when he made "Rear Window," a stylish, minimalistic blend of mystery and dark comedy. Read more
Published on March 25 2007 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Trapped in a Sound Stage
I don't think this is Hitch's best film. It is highly ranked by film rating services, sometimes higher than Vertigo, but I can't agree. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by R. A Rubin
2.0 out of 5 stars If you prefer souffle over meat or casserolle
5 stars as a piece of cinematic craft. 1 star as substance. another hitchcock exercise of excellent pacing, subtle humor and
droll commentary on the folly of human behavior,... Read more
Published on June 5 2004
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