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Rear Window DVD


None of Hitchcock's films has ever given a clearer view of his genius for suspense than Rear Window. When professional photographer J.B. ""Jeff"" Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbours play out across the courtyard. When he suspects a salesman may have murdered his nagging wife Jeffries enlists the help of his glamorous socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to investigate the highly suspicious chain of events... Events that ultimately lead to one of the most memorable and gripping endings in all of film history.

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Alfred Hitchcock amply demonstrates why he&39;s been called "The Master of Suspense" with this both witty and macabre tale of voyeurism and murder starring two of cinema&39;s all-time favourites James Stewart and Grace Kelly LB Jeffries (Stewart) a photographer with a broken leg takes up the fine art of spying on his Greenwich Village neighbours during a summer heat wave But things really hot up when he suspects one neighbour of murdering his invalid wife and burying the body in a flower garden Actors James Stewart Grace Kelly Judith Evelyn Raymond Burr Ross Bagdasarian Thelma Ritter Wendell Corey Georgine Darcy Sara Berner Frank Cady Jesslyn Fax Rand Harper Irene Winston Havis Davenport Marla English & Alfred Hitchcock Director Alfred Hitchcock Certificate PG Year 1954 Screen Widescreen 1661 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (10) Mono Additional Languages German Subtitles English ; English for the hearing impaired ; Danish ; Dutch ; Finnish ; German ; Norwegian ; Swedish Duration 1 hour and 49 minutes (approx)

James Stewart and Grace Kelly star in Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller which explores the role of the voyeur. After breaking his leg during a shoot, photo-journalist L.B. 'Jeff' Jeffries (Stewart) is forced to spend a humid summer recuperating in his Greenwich Village apartment. The wheelchair-bound Jeff whiles away his time observing his neighbours through a telephoto lens, bestowing them with nicknames and growing familiar with their daily routines. However, his society girlfriend Lisa (Kelly) is exasperated and then alarmed when Jeff becomes obsessed with the notion that Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr), who lives in the apartment opposite, has murdered his wife...

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  • Rear Window [1954]
    Edward Howard

    If there's just one film that sums up Alfred Hitchcock's genius, "Rear Window" is it. James Stewart plays a photographer who's been confined to a wheelchair by an accident, and as a result he spends a hot summer stuck in his apartment, watching his neighbors' activities through their windows. This voyeuristic pasttime eventually leads to him suspecting that one of his neighbors has killed his wife. Hitchcock brilliantly keeps the audience trapped in Stewart's perspective, never leaving the apartment and watching everything from his point of view. The camera roves across the wall opposite Stewart's room, picking up bits and pieces of subplots within each window, following characters from one room to the next. The genius of this approach is the way the murder subplot is leveled, at first, with all the narratives happening in other apartments. Only over time does the murder story gradually take over the film as Stewart's character becomes obsessed with it. As usual with Hitchcock, the suspense is sublimely crafted, but he's also as interested as ever in using the suspense format to get across his ideas. This film delves into the morality of voyeurism, and by extension the morality of cinema -- each window might be thought of as a tiny cinema screen through which Stewart views a film going on day by day. This is a well-deserved classic, and an absolute must for any film lover.

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