My Film Notes: Rear Window (1954) directed by Alfred Hitchcock


Rear_Window_film_posterUSA / 112 minutes / Technicolor, 35mm / Paramount Pictures Corp. / Patron, Inc. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock Pr: Alfred Hitchcock. Scr: John Michael Hayes based on the short story “It Had to Be Murder” by Cornell Woolrich in Dime Detective (Feb 1942). Cine: Robert Burks. Mus: Franz Waxman. Cast: James Stewart ( L. B. Jeffries ); Grace Kelly ( Lisa Fremont ); Wendell Corey ( Detective Thomas J. Doyle ); Thelma Ritter ( Stella ); Raymond Burr ( Lars Thorwald ); Judith Evelyn ( Miss Lonely Hearts ); Ross Bagdasarian ( The Composer ); Georgine Darcy ( Miss Torso, the dancer ); Jesslyn Fax ( Sculptress ); Rand Harper ( Honeymooner ); Irene Winston ( Mrs. Thorwald ). Summary: A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder, despite the scepticism of his fashion-model girlfriend . (Several sources). Release Date: US 1 September 1954. Premiere New York 4 August 1954; Los Angeles 11 August 1954; Spain 3 October 1955. Spanish title: La ventana indiscreta IMDb Rating: 8.5/10. Awards: New York Film Critics’ Award, Best Actress to Grace Kelly. The film is considered by many filmgoers, critics, and scholars to be one of Hitchcock’s best and one of the greatest films ever made. In 1997 it was added to the United States National Film Registry in the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

After reading Woolrich’s short story “It Had to Be Murder,” which I hadn’t read before, I had the happy thought of watching Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window for the umpteenth time. It can be said that the film is loosely based on Woolrich’s story and that the modifications added by the screenwriter and the director himself, serve to enhance its  cinematographic perspective; even though they alter the original sense of the story. In fact, among other things, those changes bring much more depth to the characters. The net result is a masterpiece of the seventh art.

Después de leer el cuento de Woolrich “Tenía que ser un asesinato”, que no había leído antes, tuve la feliz idea de ver La ventana indiscreta de Alfred Hitchcock por enésima vez. Puede decirse que la película se basa libremente en la historia de Woolrich y que las modificaciones añadidas por el guionista y el propio director, sirven para realzar su perspectiva cinematográfica; aunque alteran el sentido original de la historia. De hecho, entre otras cosas, esos cambios aportan mucha más profundidad a los personajes. El resultado neto es una obra maestra del séptimo arte.

Rear Window at American Film Institute

Rear Window at Wikipedia

Rear Window at IMDb

Rear Window THR’s1954 Review

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