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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.
Outstanding... it's not a fast moving modern film, which is what probably made it so good! Total Classic!Published 11 days ago by S
Bought it because it is one of my all time favorite films. A lesson to modern filmmakers on how to build tension and build sympathy for different characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Lilley
beautifully structured and shot throughout - a rare, genuine classic and one of my all-time favouritesPublished 1 month ago by Pilgrim