Rear Window (1954) Film Review

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LB ‘Jeff’Jefferies (James Stewart) is a photography with a broken leg who is confined to his flat overlooking the back garden and windows of his neighbours. It is hot and he is terribly bored, despite daily massages from the wonderful Stella (Thelma Ritter) and visits from his stunning rich lady friend Lisa Carol Fremont (Grace Kelly). Then he sees something that leads him to believe that one of his neighbours has committed murder and it is all on.

What a fabulous story, with stunning performances. Even though I know the story so well from being retold throughout popular culture, I was still on the edge of my seat. And the dresses – oh Grace Kelly, I can see why you are a creature of legend – those dresses, and the way you wear those dresses. Amazing.

Rear Window was nominated for Oscars for Best Director (Alfred Hitchcock), Best Writing, Screenplay (John Michael Hayes), Best Cinematography, Color and Best Sound, Recording.