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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 neighbours' 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 humour, 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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
The quality of the streaming video purchased from Amazon Prime was very poor. A lot of picture noise, very difficult to read the titles. Read morePublished 25 days ago by MR G PANES
I have not watched this specific DVD as it is intended as a gift, but I am familiar with the film and feel that it probably ranks amongst Hitchcock's best. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephen Harris
An incredible movie without equal that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finishPublished 1 month ago by James Robert Baimbridge
Wonderful film, taking place on the same set throughout, like a stage play. None the worst for this though.very menacing at times, style introduced by Grace Kelly, what dresses! Read morePublished 2 months ago by booksage