The Alfred Hitchcock classic Rear Window is one of his best films ever. There is something isolating about it and it brings us along to feel the anxiousness displayed by James Stewart. We see everything happening in our own POV, knowing the truth but not exactly sure what is happening.
James Stewart plays photographer L.B. Jefferies, currently confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, who spends his day staring out his window at the apartment complex and wondering about the lives of the people he sees. When something strange happens in one of the windows across the way, Jefferies has his imagination run away with him… or does he?
Hitchcock creates such a great mysterious story that we try to work out at the same time as the main character. He does it with a tremendous amount of suspense and tension. James Stewart does a remarkable job of conveying that.
Grace Kelly is here as well, playing Lisa, Jefferies girlfriend who has been trying to get him to allow her into his life at a deeper level. She is beautiful and it is an awesome when she joins in with Jefferies’ attempts to uncover what exactly was going on. It showed their relationship in a strong way.
Raymond Burr played Thorwald, the neighbor whose behavior makes Jefferies think he has done something dastardly. Burr does a great job with less, creating a wonderful antagonist for Jefferies, even though you are unsure if he has done anything wrong at all.
Rear Window is one of Hitchcock’s greatest films of all time and it holds up today. It is am amazing film.