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Rear Window 1954

  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • August 1, 1954
  • 112 mins
  • English
  • Mystery, Thriller
It only takes one witness to spoil the perfect crime.
Professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate.


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Good dialogue and characters. Good acting. Good setting - no brilliant setting. Good story. Good subject matters and how it's given to us in a thought provoking and open way. A lot focuses on human nature and the norms as well as social observations. After a while the movie focuees on good suspense and mystery, especially near the end. Gokd pacing. The very end doesn't compare to modern action but it's to be expected for its age. It may be could have been smarter. Voyeuristic in nature? Yes but not in the obvious sexual or stalker way as you'd expect in film. For the main character it's more of a means to an end for the boredom which then leads down a path self justified intrusion. The other characters join him in more of a curious and nosey way.

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Just picked up a great Hitchcock box set...revisiting my faves of his before watching in order. This one is a classic!

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Very good film. Yet even by considering the different thinking of people at that time, compared to todays people, the movie has some flaws: The ending is good, yet a bit rushed, but with only the ring of the murder's wife, who also was illegally taken, so no evidence, the murder has nothing to fear. That said, no clue why the murder in the end attacks Jeff in his own home, and after that even tells the corpse place(s). He has nothing to loose (and if he would be such a nice person, nether done these things in first place).
Further more:
Lisa enters through the window, but cannot get off through the window!!?
And a human with only 1 brain cell, would close his eyes after the FIRST flash of light. (Is this a metaphor for a murder is no human???)

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