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Rear Window

(Rear window), (Fenêtre sur cour), (Das fenster zum hof), (La finestra sul cortile)

  • Introduction to 8/4 Screening

    Marilyn Fabe is senior lecturer emerita in the Department of Film and Media at UC Berkeley and the author of Closely Watched Films: An Introduction to the Art of Narrative Film Technique


James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter,

Rear Window is Hitchcock’s brilliant meditation on cinema and voyeurism, on how we can create scenarios to frighten ourselves, and maybe get killed in the process. With Grace Kelly’s elegant enthusiasm playing cat and mouse (or spider and fly) with James Stewart’s morbidity, Thelma Ritter and Wendell Corey bustling between the lovers to keep them PG, and the lugubrious Raymond Burr as a suspected wife-butcher, this is at once Hitchcock’s most enchanting and ominous film.

Judy Bloch
  • John Michael Hayes
Based On
  • The short story "It Had to Be Murder" by Cornell Woolrich

  • Robert Burks
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 114 mins
  • NBC Universal

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Bringing up the rear (review), San Francisco Bay Guardian, Chuck Stephens, 2000

Rear window (review), Variety, Todd McCarthy, 2000

Out of sight (article), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 2000

Backyard ethics (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 2000

Rear window (program note), London Film Festival, Adrian Wootton, 1999

Hitchcock: the master of suspense (program note), Stanford Theatre, 1992

Hitchcock: a brilliant career built on boyhood fears (distributor materials), CCS Video Journal, 1986

Rear window (article), Village Voice, Tom Allen, 1985

A hitch in time (article), East Bay Express, Kelly Vance, 1983

Rear window (article), Village Voice, Andrew Sarris, 1983

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