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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.
Rear Window is a fantastic Alfred Hitchcock classic, definitely one of his best films. Full of tension and suspense, standout performances from James Stewart and Grace Kelly make... Read morePublished 28 days ago by JB
Love Alfred Hitchcock films and this is one of the best. A great story with James Stewart and Grace Kelly who are both wonderful.
A true classic.
One of my favourite James Stewart movies . Full of drama , edge of your seat suspense and superb acting . Highly recommended .Published 1 month ago by Classic-Movies