This film is my second favorite Hitchcock film, behind only "Vertigo". I love its cinematic style, and its story has always really intrigued me. That being said, I was definitely happy when I found out that we would be studying it in a class.
The story of this film is so great. I have always loved how metaphorical the film is, in that it shows how the audience of a film often feels like when watching a murder occur on screen. It's brilliant, and it allows the audience to relate much more to the characters of the film. Obviously, Hitchcock is great at building suspense, and there is no shortage of that in this film. I found myself on the edge of my seat many times throughout the film, and this is not my first time watching it.
The acting of the film is great. James Stewart is extremely expressive and believable in his role, especially during the scenes that are silent. Raymond Burr is also great in his role, truly ambiguous. I can't think of a film in which the camera serves so effectively as an element of the story than in this film. I love that element so much. The cinematography is truly beautiful and it gives us as the audience our perspective on the situation.
So overall, I love "Rear Window". If you have never seen it, you should, and if you're a fan of Hitchcock, revisit it. It is such a great film.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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