Still a classic, and so much better on the big screen! by mtgiraffe
"Rear Window" has always been one of my favorite films, and I've always watched it on my TV at home, but seeing it on the big screen with an audience made me love it even more and appreciate it in new ways. The theater was sold out, and when the person introducing the film asked how many people had never seen it, at least 1/3 of the audience raised their hands. Hearing the audience's reactions heightened all the humor, excitement, and especially the suspense of the film. The three kids I brought (ages 11-13) hadn't seen it, and they all loved it, with the oldest even saying it was one of the best films he'd ever seen. No matter how many times you've seen this film, if you've never seen it in an actual theater, be sure to do so the next time you have the opportunity.
Screening: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014; Aero Theatre, Santa Monica, CA
Rear Window reminds us why Hitchcock was The Master of Suspense by Gratty
What can I say about Rear Window that hasn't already been said? Almost certainly, very little.
The innovative set design allowed absolute control over the view we, and Jimmy Stewart's character, L.B. "Jeff" Jefferies, have of the courtyard and its surrounding "rear windows."
While many of Hitchcock's films contain elements of voyeurism, Rear Window is pure voyeurism - almost every shot originates from Jeff's apartment and therefore we share his view, watching people who may or may not act as if they know they're being watched.
Every shot counts, and the pictures tell a story, literally: In a perfect opening shot, the tale is told of Jeff's predicament without a word. A bit of expository dialogue a few moments later helps cement it for inattentive viewers, but all the info we need is in the first shot, lasting perhaps a minute.
Sixty years later this film still pulls its weight, and it was a joy to see on the big screen as it was meant to be. And Grace Kelly is gorgeous.