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Rear Window

Rear Window Hitchcock cameo

Rear Window was made in 1953 and released in 1954.

"Rear Window is Hitchcock's testament film, meaning that in Rear Windows perhaps you see the best example of what Hitchcock's cinema at its best stood for, which was essentially the use of the subjective point-of-view. You have a shot at Jimmie Stewart, you show what he's looking at, you see his reaction."
Peter Bogdanovich in the documentary about restoring Rear Window



Hitchcock to Truffaut on Rear Window

"It was a possibility of doing a purely cinematic film, You have an immobilized man looking out. That's one part of the film, The second part shows what he sees and the third part sho'vvs how he reacts. This is actually the purest expression of a cinematic idea. Pudovkin dealt with this, as you know. In one of his books on the art of montage, he describes an experiment by his teacher, Kuleshov. You see a close-up of the Russian actor Ivan Mosjoukine. This is immediately followed by a shot of a dead baby. Back to Mosioukine again and you read compassion on his face. Then you take away the dead baby and you show a plate of soup, and now, when you go back to Mosjoukine, he looks hungry. Yet, in both cases, they used the same shot of the actor; his face was exactly the same. In the same way, let's take a close-up of Stewart looking out of the window at a little dog that's being lowered in a basket. Back to Stewart, who has a kindly smile. But if in the place of the little dog you show a half-naked girl exercising in front of her open window, and you go back to a smiling Stewart again, this time he's seen as a dirty old man!"


James Stewart... L.B. 'Jeff' Jeffries
Grace Kelly... Lisa Carol Fremont
Wendell Corey... Det. Lt. Thomas J. Doyle
Thelma Ritter... Stella
Raymond Burr... Lars Thorwald
Judith Evelyn... Miss Lonelyhearts
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
Irene Winston... Mrs. Emma Thorwald
Havis Davenport... Newlywed

Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (trailer)




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