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Monday, July 19, 2010

Rear Window (1954)

It's not easy to make a film where most of the action takes place in one room with one or two actors as the focal point.  Rear Window is one of those films and Alfred Hitchcock hits it completely out of the ballpark.  This tense thriller stars the incomparable James Stewart as Jeff Jeffries, a photographer who is confined to a wheelchair while recovering from a broken leg.  To help pass the time, he uses his telescopic camera lens to eavesdrop on the lives of his neighbors by looking through the apartment complex windows.  The plot thickens when he believes one of his neighbors has committed murder.  Stewart is amazing in this role.  Lesser actors would have failed to make this character work but Stewart keeps the movie suspenseful and interesting.
Grace Kelly also stars as Stewart's love interest, Lisa.  Like all of Hitchcock's women, Kelly is impeccably dressed and coiffed to perfection.  She is flawless both in appearance and performance.
I have great respect and admiration for this film.  I saw it on TV recently in HD and it was absolutely gorgeous.  As far as I know, this film is not available to view online legally.  However, this one should be seen in the best format possible.  Don't miss it!
RATING: Excellent.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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