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23,344 Ratings

Rear Window

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1954
Thriller, Mystery, Crime


Professional photographer, J.B.Jeffries, is confined to his Greenwich Village apartment after breaking his leg. He looks in on the intimate dramas at play in his neighbours’ apartments. Eventually, he becomes convinced that a salesman murdered his nagging wife.

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Rear Window Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Through an alchemy yet to be duplicated, Hitchcock and writer John Michael Hayes got together and somehow fashioned the most perfect screenplay ever created. The characters’ dialog as written and performed meshes seamlessly with Hitchcock’s own monologue, one that brilliantly uses camera, editing table, and especially sound design. And its pacing is flawless; it’s tightly conceived yet never seems to be in a hurry.
September 02, 2011
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What do Hitchcock’s comic strips add up to? All the little stories about the people around the courtyard — who also include a honeymoon couple with a sexually insatiable wife who keeps calling her husband back to bed, a recurring gag few other Hollywood directors could have got away with in 1954; an avant-garde woman sculptor; and a love-starved single woman — are variations on a theme concerning what it means to be part of a couple or to live alone, both situations being viewed darkly.
February 25, 2000
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This thriller element presents all the stock characters of Hitchcock’s earlier works, taken to their most extreme limits, since in the end one no longer knows whether the crime may not have been made a reality simply by Stewart’s willing it.
April 01, 1955

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