(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.