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Rear Window

Title: Rear Window
Directed by:
Alfred Hitchcock
Written by:
John Michael Hayes, Cornell Woolrich
Year: 1954

Even though I now live in Taiwan and much on this website has focused on my arriving here, I still read books and watch films. This means that I have written quite some reviews not yet published. Of course, posts about recent events here will take precedent over reviews, but I think there will be opportunities to post on occasional review now and then. The first few posts of this kind are even from before I left Sweden, which says something about how many reviews I have in queue.

There are some films which, when describing their plots, sound like they would be very dull. This is not something spectacular in itself, because some of these do indeed turn out to be very dull. On the other hand, films with a weak-sounding story that turn out to be good are quite spectacular. Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window falls into this category.

The story revolves around L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart), a professional photographer who suffers from a broken leg and is confined to an apartment for quite some time (one week remains in the opening scene). Not having much to do, he spends his time watching through the rear window overlooking the courtyard, spying on his neighbours. He and his friends speculate about their various lives and gradually become convinced there is something fishy about one man in the opposite building. It looks like murder and the police is called in.

This does not sound like it would be worth much, does it? Admittedly, it took about twenty minutes to convince me that Rear Window was worthwhile, but after that point, the film just became better and better. Primarily, this is due to James Stewart, but the directing is pretty good as well.

Still, the story and the situation offers only so much, and that is not enough to make it a masterpiece. Yes, it is a nice film, and yes, I seriously doubt that it would be possible to make a better film with the same premise, but that is not how I grade films. I find this film highly entertaining, but it lacks much require, so four snails will have to do.

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  1. Martin’s avatar

    Ditt kulturlösa blötdjur! …Eller… Jag menar… Jag tycker den är snäppet bättre. :P


  2. thark’s avatar

    En av mina favoritfilmer, i sällskap med Vertigo och North By Northwest (som jag dock misstänker att du skulle uppskatta mindre).


  3. Olle Linge’s avatar

    Martin: Jo, jag kan tänka mig det. Det känns som en Martin-film. :)

    Thark: Var inte så säker på det: http://www.snigel.nu/?p=872