Rear Window (Nov Blog 27/30)

27 Nov


On Thanksgiving night, Mom and I watched Rear Window for perhaps the 10th time in our lives. I have always loved Hitchcock as a director, and while I love the bombastic Technicolor thrillers like North by Northwest and To Catch A Thief, I especially love this films where he tests his filmmaking by limiting his space. Rear Window takes place in one room, essentially. Rope was filmed in one room with ONE CONTINUOUS SHOT.

Sometimes when you limit something about the thing you are making (the space, the tools, etc.), you open up many possibilities. It’s good to remember.

Some of the best lines from this movie:

Jeff (Jimmy Stewart): She’s like a queen bee with her pick of the drones.
Lisa (Grace Kelly): I’d say she’s doing a woman’s hardest job: juggling wolves.
Stella: We’ve become a race of Peeping Toms. What people ought to do is get outside their own house and look in for a change. Yes sir. How’s that for a bit of homespun philosophy?
Jeff: I just can’t figure it. He went out several times last night in the rain carrying his sample case.
Stella: Well, he’s a salesman, isn’t he?
Jeff: Well, what would he be selling at three o’clock in the morning?
Stella: Flashlights. Luminous dials for watches. House numbers that light up.

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