Monday, June 29, 2009

Summer of Hitchcock: Rear Window

Summer of Hitchcock
Rear Window
I hope you all enjoyed watching Rear Window! I found it to be very amusing.

Rear Window is the story of L.B. Jeffries who is confined to his apartment due to a broken leg. Since he is photographer accustomed to travel, he is bored out of his mind, and succumbs to watching the lives of other people through their windows.

Which raised the first question for me....who leaves their windows open like that? I'm such an intensely private person, that if I knew there was a chance someone would be watching me I'd have my blinds shut all the time! There were some very strange people in the apartment complex, from the exhibitionist girl who danced around doing everything, to the people who lowered their dog down in a basket, to the very sad Miss Lonelyhearts.

As Jeffries watches his weirdo neighbors his beautiful girlfriend tries to convince him to marry her, Jeffries doesn't feel ready for marriage though, and would rather keep the status quo. It's kind of hard to believe any man would try to turn Grace Kelly away!!

He starts to become suspicious of that one of his neighbors has murdered his wife when he no longer sees the wife, and observes a great deal of suspicious activity coming from his apartment. The film then moves in the direction of Jeffries trying to convince his friends that he's not paranoid and something bad really did happen.

I really enjoyed this one, I thought it was funny and suspenseful and even a little thought provoking. We knew nothing of the neighbors except for the little snatches we saw of their lives through Jeffries like life!

Did you enjoy this movie? Did you ever doubt that the murder had been committed? Who was your favorite neighbor to watch? Discuss and share!


Ruth said...

I love this movie, can't wait to rewatch it after work tonight!

bermudaonion said...

I've never seen this movie, but the fact that you found it amusing has piqued my interest.

Chris said...

lol! Yeah, it's Nobody Believes in Curtains Street. You think if you had something to hide you'd close the blinds.

I did doubt that the husband did it. I went back and forth on it. It really wasn't until the end that I knew one way or the other.

Book Bird Dog said...

I loved the film as I love most mysteries. I watch the birds mostly and draw the curtains on my neighbors...just in case...

Shauna said...

LOVE this movie, and it's a lot of fun.

Just in case you weren't already aware of this, Alfred Hitchcock makes a cameo in all of his movies. In this one, you could see him in one of the windows.

Book Club Girl said...

Rear Window is one of my all time favorite movies, and if you've ever lived in NYC, you know that people do leave their shades and curtains open like that. I even did. It's weird, but somehow that's how people live, especially when it's hot, as it was in the movie. I even know someone who would lower a basket out of her window with a note and money inside to buy things from the deli underneath her apt. They'd take the money and send up cigarettes and toilet paper.

I was pretty sure a murder had been committed the first time I watched it, if I can remember correctly (I've watched it probably 20 times). But I think that was because it was a Hitchcock film, so I figured well yes, something murderous is sure to have happened.

Lori L said...

Ditto what Book Club Girl said about the windows in the city, and additionally there was no air conditioning. People were trying to catch a breeze. Rear Window is one of my favorite movies too. I'm loving this summer of Hitchcock, Amy!

Nicole said...

I as looking forward to watching this one, but even though it was number one in my queue, Netflix set me The Birds instead. Phooey!

Kari said...

I love this movie! I had a whole painting class project based on this movie planned out last year...and then Senioritis hit, and I got lazy. Oh well.

Ms. Lonely Hearts is my favorite. I love the tone of the apartment buildings, and it's even better because I can just stare out my window and watch people too!

heidenkind said...

What are we watching for next week?

Shannansbooks said...

My favorite couple to watch was the newlyweds

SuziQoregon said...

We really enjoyed this one. I'd seen it before, but The Hubster hadn't. The nurse just cracks me up - she get's so into it.

One thing I hadn't noticed but read (gotta love IMDB) was that all the sound in the movie comes from the action and the background noise of what you see on the screen. No musical soundtrack over the action. When you hear music, it's from the songwriter's apartment.

I was glad I'd read that tidbit before I watched - I paid attention and it was really quite interesting.

Jena said...

TCM had a Hitchcock day all day Saturday, so I got to watch Rear Window Saturday night. I love Hitchcock movies. (I also got to rewatch Psycho, The Man Who Knew Too Much (the 1956 version--did you know he made this one twice?), Mr & Mrs Smith, and we were supposed to watch Notorious, but apparently they didn't have the rights to show that here in Canada. Grr.

Amee said...

We keep our curtains and blinds open most of the time. We usually only close bedroom curtains at night. I guess I just assume no one is interested in watching us. Heck, I even change in front of an open window sometimes. Unless the neighbors are watching me through their bathroom window, I doubt anyone is seeing anything! lol

Anyway, I really enjoy this movie and have seen it a couple of times. I'm not sure who I enjoy watching the most, they're all pretty interesting! I did doubt that the guy had killed his wife. I mean, I might also come up with something like that after being cooped up in my apartment all day!

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