Rear Window, a movie review

A movie review written by Lee Sonogan

1hr52min (1954) Mystery, Thriller

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In ’54, I was seven years old and this is one of the first ‘grown up’ movies I remember seeing. I have seen it at least ten times since and realize seeing something different each time. – michaelRokeefe (9.10)

Parody so many times in cartoons and different shows, I had to check it out knowing that I also really liked The Birds. Our obsession with voyeurism taken to an extreme view of a perspective of marriage and death at a distance. Inspiring so many elements into modern psychological thrillers, they might be because it probably is in the public domain over 50 years ago. With a simple million, it was able to make around $30 million back at the box office.

Cinematography and location production really adds intensity to a film in a more realistic way contra to other really old movies out there. James Stewart the main character’s actor pushes hard on the performance of paranoid behaviour and anxiety. Also breaking the fourth wall it uncommonly has those characters looking at the camera with unique narrative monologues which develop the plot in certain scenes. Seduction in observing crime, there is some social and philosophical commentary too.

Playing on your curiosity, this photographer with a broken leg also goes into a somewhat coping mechanism completely guilt-free to its audience. As classic as Charlie Chaplin, Rear Window is something I highly recommend defining its legacy as one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best movies. Overall I found this very satisfying with the craft and the events that generally unfold.

8/10

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