Rear Window (1954)

Ⓒ Paramount Pictures
Ⓒ Paramount Pictures

Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Raymond Burr, Thelma Ritter

An adventurous photographer (Stewart) breaks his leg and is confined to his apartment during one hot summer, and is often visited by his girlfriend (Kelly) and his nurse (Ritter). From his window, he can see into a number of other neighbouring apartments and he spends his days people-watching. He starts to suspect that a murder has occurred in one of the apartments he can see, and takes it upon himself to prove it.

As far as Hitchcock films go, this one was a little disappointing. It was suspenseful for much of it, which is what Hitchcock is well known for, but the climax of the film happened rather quickly and I found it a bit of a let down, especially after a the had built up to the end quite well. This is a bit of a spoiler, just to warn you: throughout the film I was prepared for a twist but in the end it played out as expected, which was disappointing and made all the suspense I was feeling for most of the film unnecessary. Although, maybe this was the point!

I loved the 1950s fashions, and Grace Kelly’s outfits are lovely and very much of their time. There are some good light-hearted moments, and I always find that James Stewart plays a likeable main character. I also like how we get to know more about the neighbours as the film goes on, and we get quite involved in their lives- I especially like Miss Lonelyhearts’ storyline.

This film might be hard for watch for those that like a lot of action and fast-paced plot- it’s definitely a film that builds up gradually, and it takes place in pretty much one set. Overall it’s enjoyable, but I did feel disappointed with the ending.

3 stars


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