General Information Rear Window is a suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It was written by John Michael Hays and based on a short story, “It Had to Be Murder” by Cornall Woolrich. The film was released on the 1th August 1954 in America.
Synopsis Photographer L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries breaks his leg working at a race track. Being confined to a wheel chair in his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbours. He begins to suspect that the man opposite may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his girlfriend Lisa Fremont and his nurse, Stella, to investigate.
Technical Information The film was filmed in colour (Technicolor) Aspect Ratio 1.66.1 Spherical Running Time: 112 minutes It was all filmed in production studio Paramount Pictures.
Cast James Stewart - L B "Jeff" Jeffries Grace Kelly - Lisa Carol Fremont Wendell Corey - Lieutenant Thomas J Doyle Thelma Ritter - Stella Raymond Burr - Lars Thorwald Judith Evelyn - Miss Lonelyheart Ross Bagdasarian - Songwriter Georgine Darcy - Miss Torso Sara Berner - Woman on fire escape Frank Cady - Man on fire escape Jesslyn Fax - Miss Hearing Aid Rand Harper - Newlywed man Havis Davenport - Newlywed woman Irene Winston - Mrs Anna Thorwald Alan Lee - Landlord Anthony Warde - Detective
Main Crew Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Herbert Coleman - assistant director Produced by Alfred Hitchcock Written by John Michael Hayes Photographed by Robert Burks Music by Franz Waxman Edited by George Tomasini Costume Design by Edith Head Production Design by: J McMillan Johnson Hal Pereira - art director
Brief Analysis of Voyeurism in Rear Window The MacGuffin plot device in Rear Window is the murder of Thorwald’s wife and to some extent, so is Jeffries’ obsession in spying into the lives of his neighbours. The macguffin allows the the story of the romantic relationship begin Jeffrey and Lisa to develop. The characters use the opposite windows similarly to cinema screens. They partly to identify with other people, to compare their lives, to use these lives to talk about their lives. The majority of the film is in the subjective view of Jeffrey. There are times where the camera shows us something which Jeffrey doesn’t see to build suspence.
Reception The film earned $5.3 million in rentals at North American box office in 1954. With a $36,764,313 total from the box office from a budget of $1 million. Time magazine called it “just possible the second most entertaining picture (after the 39 Steps) ever made by Hitchcock”. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 100% certified fresh rating, based on 61 reviews.