Rear Window

The only Hitchcock movie that wasn’t too scary for me


Release date: September 1, 1954
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Language: English

Who should watch this movie: Fans of David Fincher. People turned off by The Birds but are willing to give Hitchcock another chance. 

When should you watch this movie: When you’re home for the holidays. When you’ve broken your leg and are house-bound 

The sell: Voyeurism has never been more exciting than in this movie. What begins as bored snooping leads down a rabbit hole of speculation to a shocking conclusion. Hitchcock has been called brilliant for a number of reasons, but this movie in particular showcases his mastery of camera movement and editing. The entire film takes place in the confines of a small apartment, made to feel even smaller by the protagonist’s confinement to a wheelchair. Much of the movie is spent looking out of the apartment at the surrounding neighborhood. Hitchcock is able to convey depth and complexity while crammed into a small area and with limited mobility. In no way does the narrow perspective detract from the dynamism of the film, in fact the almost suffocating walls of the apartment play an important role in creating the tense and anxious tone that drives the story forward. Rear Window is exciting from start to finish and will make you want to buy a light pink silk gown and seduce your neighbor.

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