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None of Hitchcock's films has ever given a clearer view of his genius for suspense than Rear Window. When professional photographer J.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard. When he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife, Jeffries enlists the help of his glamorous socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to investigate the highly suspicious chain of events… Events that ultimately lead to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in all of film history.
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Watch closely, not only the main actors but the subtleties of the life size Diorama (which is an amazing structure as well and worth looking into on the web).
The music and background sounds are very subtle and perhaps many could watch the movie without noticing them but when tuned into them one hears so much.
The movie starts out with titles and credits and a most interesting music that we eventually discover is coming from a radio in the musicians studio apartment. He is annoyed later when the dancer is playing her music and he is trying to concentrate.
Of course the dancer is a pleasant sight for our hero, Jimmie Stewart who one could label a voyeur. My thoughts about this are that Hitchcock is doing it again, really pushing the censors buttons. Very hard to believe that this movie was produced in those days, 1954.
I saw the movie in a movie house in Los Angeles back in 1964 (at the age of 15) and even then the dancer was shocking.
I got back into watching the old movies again in the late 1980s when VHS came out and have introduced it to many since then but it is amazing to get the reaction of the women when they see Grace Kelley in that first scene she is in which is filmed in such a way that makes her seem a bit cosmic, angelic, spiritual and Jimmie's attitude towards Her is one of both admiration and a need to bring her back down to Earth and humanize her and again Hitchcock implies that they sleep together although not married.
I suppose one can go away from the movie assuming that it is just about a murder but this incredible movie has way more to offer than the mystery and the Digital download had a high quality that makes one see the great detail in the movie set....