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  • Carry On - The Complete Collection [DVD] [1958] Carry On - The Complete Collection | DVD | (07/10/2013) from £28.95  |  Saving you £1.04 (3.50%)  |  RRP £29.99

    This is classic British comedy at it's best! This DVD box set contains all 30 hilarious Carry On movies plus a host of DVD extras! Starring: Kenneth Williams Charles Hawtrey Jim Dale Joan Sims Barbara Windsor Hattie Jacques Windsor Davies Valerie Leon Peter Butterworth Bernard Bresslaw Terry Scott Bill Maynard Phil Silvers Patsy Rowlands and Frankie Howerd. Episodes Comprise: Carry On Sergeant Carry On Nurse Carry On Teacher Carry On Constable Carry On Regardless Carry On Cruising Carry On Cabby Carry On Jack Carry On Spying Carry On Cleo Carry On Cowboy Carry On Screaming! Carry On Don't Lose Your Head Carry On Follow That Camel Carry On Doctor Carry On Up the Khyber Carry On Camping Carry On Again Doctor Carry On Up the Jungle Carry On Loving Carry On Henry Carry On at Your Convenience Carry On Matron Carry On Abroad Carry On Girls Carry On Dick Carry On Behind Carry On England That's Carry On!' and 'Carry On Emmanuelle Special Features: 30 feature-length audio commentaries Trailers All 13 Episodes of the ATV situation comedy series: 'Carry On Laughing' Archive interviews with Sid James Terry Scott and Phil Silvers On location featurette hosted by June Whitfield The official 40th anniversary documentary: 'What's A Carry On?' Textless footage from 'Carry On Jack' and 'Carry On Spying' An alternative Director's cut presentation of 'Carry On England' Extensive production notes for all 30 films Stills Gallery

  • Oliver [1968] Oliver | DVD | (11/12/2000) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Film buffs and critics can argue until their faces turn blue about whether this lavish Dickensian musical deserved the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1968, but the movie speaks for itself on grandly entertaining terms. Adapted from Dickens's classic novel, it's one of the most dramatically involving and artistically impressive musicals of the 1960s, directed by Carol Reed with a delightful enthusiasm that would surely have impressed Dickens himself. Mark Lester plays the waifish orphan Oliver Twist, who is befriended by the pick-pocketing Artful Dodger (Jack Wild) and recruited into the gang of boy thieves led by Fagin (played to perfection by Ron Moody). The villainous Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) casts his long shadow over Oliver and his friends, but the young orphan is still able to find loving care in the most desperate of circumstances. Full of memorable melodies and splendid lyrics, Oliver! is a timeless film, prompting even hard-to-please critic Pauline Kael to call it "a superb demonstration of intelligent craftsmanship," and to further observe that "it's as if the movie set out to be a tribute to Dickens and his melodramatic art as well as to tell the story of Oliver Twist". --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

  • My Fair Lady [DVD] [1964] My Fair Lady | DVD | (14/09/2009) from £4.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (61.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Audrey Hepburn stars as Eliza Doolittle a poor flower girl who under the guidance of Professor Higgins played by Rex Harrison becomes the Belle of British Society. Winner of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture and blessed with an array of scintillating songs this classic movie is a feast for both the eyes and the ears and is breathtaking entertainment for the whole family.

  • The Sound Of Music [1965] The Sound Of Music | DVD | (08/03/2004) from £4.99  |  Saving you £11.00 (68.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The most widely seen movie produced by a Hollywood studio, The Sound of Music grows fresher with each viewing. Though it was planned meticulously in pre-production (save for the scene where Maria and the children take a dipping in an Austrian lake that nearly cost a life), on each viewing one is struck anew by the spontaneous almost improvisatory air of the acting, notably of Julie Andrews under Robert Wise's direction. There are also the little human touches he brings to, for instance, the scene where Maria leads the children to the hills, over bridges and along tow paths where the smallest boy trips up and momentarily gets left behind: it creates a feeling that most of us have encountered. From the opening pre-credit sequence of muted excitement as the camera roves over the Austrian Alps (photographed in magnificent colour), where little phrases from the wind instruments on the soundtrack are flung as if on the breeze, foreshadowing the title song to follow, the production never puts a foot wrong. On the DVD: On the first disc the film itself has never looked or sounded better since its original presentation in Todd AO (prints of which are said to have disappeared forever). The disc also contains a separate audio guide that takes the viewer through the film sequence by sequence, with director Robert Wise commenting on the weather, the production design by Boris Leven, the sequences filmed on location and in Hollywood (like the interiors of the Von Trapp villa), and the naming of other actors who were eager for the lead roles, notably Doris Day and Yul Brynner. On the second disc there are the documentaries. "Salzburg Sight and Sound" was Charmian Carr's own record of her time on location in the summer of 1964, playing Liesl, the eldest Von Trapp daughter. "From Fact to Fiction", running two hours, begins with the birth of Maria in 1905 who inspired the film, charts her subsequent marriage to Captain Von Trapp, their escape from Nazi Germany not across the Alps but via a train across the Italian boarder, their home in Vermont and thence to the German film of the family that was brought to the attention of Rodgers and Hammerstein as an ideal vehicle for a stage musical. A second group of documentaries covers previews, television and radio commercials and a 1973 interview with Wise and Andrews. Overall, this is a marathon package but in its way is as compelling as the film itself. --Adrian Edwards

  • The Wizard Of Oz - 75th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [1939] The Wizard Of Oz - 75th Anniversary Edition | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.39  |  Saving you £14.60 (73.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Classic musical adaptation of the L. Frank Baum novel starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley. A tornado whisks Dorothy (Garland) and her house from Kansas to Munchkin City, squashing the Wicked Witch of the East upon landing. The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) vows revenge, while Dorothy sets off on the yellow brick road to see the Wizard of Oz (Frank Morgan), hoping he can tell her how to get home. On the way she makes friends with a scarecrow (Bolger), a t.

  • The Worst Witch The Worst Witch | DVD | (12/02/2007) from £4.09  |  Saving you £-0.10 (-2.50%)  |  RRP £3.99

    Mildred is one of the young girls at a prestigious witch academy. She can't seem to do anything right and is picked on by classmates and teachers. The headmistress of the school Agatha has an evil twin sister who plans to destroy the school. Can Mildred foil the plan before the Grand Wizard comes to the Academy for the Halloween celebration you'll never forget?!

  • All About Eve [DVD] [1950] All About Eve | DVD | (23/07/2012) from £4.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (59.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

  • Queen - Queen Rock Montreal/Live Aid Queen - Queen Rock Montreal/Live Aid | DVD | (01/12/2008) from £13.59  |  Saving you £6.40 (32.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In 1981 with Under Pressure topping the charts in the UK Queen arrived in Montreal following dates in Japan and their record-breaking tour of Latin America. It was to be the only concert by Queen that was ever shot on 35mm film. Always a great live band with arguably the greatest frontman of all time in Freddie Mercury they excelled themselves with the cameras rolling. Tracklisting: 1. Intro 2. We Will Rock You (fast) 3. Let Me Entertain You 4. Play The Game 5. Somebody To Love 6. Killer Queen 7. I'm In Love With My Car 8. Get Down Make Love 9. Save Me 10. Now I'm Here 11. Dragon Attack 12. Now I'm Here (reprise) 13. Love Of My Life 14. Under Pressure 15. Keep Yourself Alive 16. Drum & Timpani Solo 17. Guitar Solo 18. Crazy Little Thing Called Love 19. Jailhouse Rock 20. Bohemian Rhapsody 21. Tie Your Mother Down 22. Another One Bites The Dust 23. Sheer Heart Attack 24. We Will Rock You 25. We Are The Champions 26. God Save The Queen 27. Live Aid: Bohemian Rhapsody 28. Live Aid: Radio Gaga 29. Live Aid: Hammer To Fall 30. Live Aid: Crazy Little Thing Called Love 31. Live Aid: We Will Rock You 32. Live Aid: We Are The Champions 33. Live Aid: Is This The World We Created

  • The Ten Commandments [DVD] The Ten Commandments | DVD | (04/02/2013) from £5.00  |  Saving you £10.99 (68.70%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Throughout film history, Hollywood has produced a number of sweeping epics and generation-defining movies. However, one film – Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments – has stood the test of time. Universally recognised among critics as a cinematic masterpiece, this unforgettable motion picture has also been recognised by The American Film Institute as one of the 'Top Ten' epics of all time. From its Academy Award-winning director* and revolutionary Oscar-winning special effects** to its memorable music score and all-star cast, The Ten Commandments presents the story of Moses in all of its stunning glory. Starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter and a 'who's who' of legendary screen talent, the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1956***. Special Features: 3 Theatrical Trailers 1956, 1966 and 1989 (1959 - PAL 4272459, NTSC 4272457) *Winner: Best Director (Cecil B. DeMille), The Greatest Show On Earth, 1952. **Winner: Best Special Effects (John Fulton), 1956. ***Additional Oscar nominations (1956): Picture; Cinematography – Colour; Art Direction/Set Decoration; Costume Design – Colour; Film Editing; and Sound Recording.

  • Spiceworld The Movie [1997] Spiceworld The Movie | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.27  |  Saving you £4.72 (47.20%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The girl's first live concert at the Royal Albert Hall is in just five day's time. With trusty bus driver Dennis (Meatloaf) at the wheel they hurtle from guest appearances to parties photoshoots and even dance camp! But when evil tabloid editor Kevin McMaxford steps up his campaign against them their best friend goes into labour and their manager collapses in hysterics the girls must draw on all their Girl Power to make it to the show on time...

  • Aphrodite Les Folies - Live in London Aphrodite Les Folies - Live in London | DVD | (28/11/2011) from £10.44  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Disc 1 - DVD Audio: The Birth of Aphrodite (Intro) (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Aphrodite (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) The One (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Wow (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Illusion (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) I Believe in You (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Cupid Boy (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Spinning Around (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Get Outta My Way (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) What Do I Have to Do (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Everything Is Beautiful (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Slow (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Confide in Me (Intro) (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Confide in Me (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Can't Get You Out of My Head (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) In My Arms (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Looking for an Angel (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Closer (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart) (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Love At First Sight / Can't Beat the Feeling If You Don't Love Me (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Better the Devil You Know (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Better Than Today (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love) (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Million Dollar Mermaid (Intro) (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) On a Night Like This (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) All the Lovers (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Just Add Water (Documentary) Disc 2 - CD: The Birth of Aphrodite (Intro) (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Aphrodite (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) The One (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Wow (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Illusion (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) I Believe in You (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Cupid Boy (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Spinning Around (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Get Outta My Way (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) What Do I Have to Do (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Everything Is Beautiful (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Slow (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Confide in Me (Intro) (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Confide In Me (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Can't Get You Out of My Head (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) In My Arms (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Disc 3 - CD: Looking for an Angel (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Closer (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart) [Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies] Love At First Sight / Can't Beat the Feeling (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) If You Don't Love Me (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Better the Devil You Know (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Better Than Today (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love) (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) Million Dollar Mermaid (Intro) (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) On a Night Like This (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies) All the Lovers (Live from Aphrodite/Les Folies)

  • The Wizard Of Oz [DVD] [1939] The Wizard Of Oz | DVD | (02/11/2009) from £3.59  |  Saving you £9.40 (72.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    We're Not In Kansas Anymore. We click our heels in anticipation. There's no place like home and no movie like this one. From generation to generation The Wizard Of Oz brings us together - kids grown-ups families friends. The dazzling land of Oz a dream-come--true world of enchanted forests dancing scarecrows and singing lions wraps us in its magic with one great song-filled adventure after another. Based on L. Frank Baum's treasured book series The Wizard Of Oz was judged the best family film of all time by American Film Institute. And this never-before-seen restoration looks and sounds better than ever. We invite you to embark for the Emerald City on the most famous road in movie history. Dorothy (Judy Garland) Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) Tin Woodman (Jack Haley) and Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) await you on the Yellow Brick Road and Over the Rainbow.

  • Cliff Richard 60th Anniversary Concert [DVD] [2018] Cliff Richard 60th Anniversary Concert | DVD | (19/11/2018) from £5.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    2018 sees Sir Cliff Richard celebrate 60 years in the business a feat that not many artists can even dream of. Cliff is giving you the opportunity to join him in his celebrations by kicking off a 60th Anniversary tour and launching his first album of entirely new music in 14 years. You can experience Cliff's 60th Concert in the comfort of your own home, and enjoy the night as he performs live in front of a packed Manchester Bridgewater Hall; taking you on a trip down memory lane and invoking so much nostalgia you'll be reaching for the pause/rewind button again and again. Sing-along to such classics as Living Doll, Summer Holiday, Miss You Nights and Mistletoe & Wine, alongside new hits such as Rise Up and Reborn. One incredible night. 60 years in the making.

  • Billy Liar - 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [1963] Billy Liar - 50th Anniversary Edition | DVD | (06/05/2013) from £8.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (43.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Billy Liar was the multimedia phenomenon of its era. Starting out as a novel by Yorkshire writer Keith Waterhouse, it rapidly became a long-running stage play, adapted by Waterhouse with playwright Willis Hall, which lead to the movie, scripted by Waterhouse and Hall for John Schlesinger to direct, then a stage musical and finally a spin-off TV series. Do you get the feeling it caught the mood of the times? The basic set-up owes a lot to James Thurber's classic short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Our hero, Billy Fisher, lives at home in a Bradford semi with his nagging parents and works as a lowly clerk in an undertaker's parlour. But, in his imagination he lives a rich and varied fantasy life as gallant military leader, suave socialite, best-selling novelist and so forth. Trouble is, he can't always keep fantasy and reality apart, any more than he can the keep two girls he's engaged to separate. Not to mention his other problems…. Schlesinger's direction brings out the desperation behind the comedy, and Tom Courtenay, at once defiant and hangdog, slips perfectly into the role created on stage by Albert Finney. But the whole cast's a joy, not least the great Leonard Rossiter as undertaker Mr Shadrach, Billy's saturnine boss. And then there's Julie Christie--the luminous spirit of the Swinging 60s--in her first starring role as the girl who offers Billy a chance of real escape. At the end, when she takes the train to London, away from the smoke and the grimness "oop" north, the whole British New Wave went with her. On the DVD: just the theatrical trailer which is a fairly crass affair. There's been no remastering, it seems, but both sound and vision are clean enough and the print preserves the original's full 2.35:1 widescreen ratio. --Philip Kemp

  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir [DVD] [1947] The Ghost and Mrs. Muir | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.36  |  Saving you £3.00 (30.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Joseph Mankiewicz's moody classic is less ghost story than romantic fantasy, a handsome 1947 drama of impossible love. Independent young widow Lucy Muir (the luminous Gene Tierney), desperate to escape her uptight in-laws, falls in love with a grand seaside house and moves in, only to discover the cantankerous ghost of the hot-tempered Captain Gregg (a histrionically flamboyant performance by Rex Harrison). Lucy refuses to let the bombastic captain frighten her away, earning his respect, his friendship, and later his love. They team up to turn the captain's salty memoirs into a bestseller, but as his affection grows he fades away, leaving Lucy free to undertake a more worldly suitor, notably a charismatic children's author (George Sanders at his smarmy smoothest) with his own guarded secret. Charles Lang's melancholy black-and-white photography and Bernard Herrmann's haunting score set the tone for this sublime adult drama, and Tierney delivers one of her most understated performances as the resolute Mrs. Muir. Mankiewicz turns this ghost story into a refreshingly mature and down-to-earth romance. --Sean Axmaker

  • The Likely Lads [Blu-ray] The Likely Lads | Blu Ray | (01/04/2019) from £13.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Spinning off from the incredibly popular 1960s sitcom and its BAFTA-winning 1970s sequel, James Bolam and Rodney Bewes star as Terry Collier and Bob Ferris, two life-long friends with vastly different outlooks on life! Written by comedy legends Dick Clement and Ian la Frenais - who would go on to further success with series like Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet - The Likely Lads is presented here as a brand-new High Definition transfer from the original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. Thelma's continued annoyance at her husband Bob's disruptive friend shows no sign of abating. But when Terry lands himself a new girlfriend Thelma sees her chance to finally get Terry married off and out of her and Bob's life forever! Her solution of touring the north of England in a caravan, however, leaves a lot to be desired...

  • Queen - Queen Rock Montreal/Live Aid [Blu-ray] [1981] Queen - Queen Rock Montreal/Live Aid | Blu Ray | (01/12/2008) from £15.21  |  Saving you £4.20 (21.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In 1981 with Under Pressure topping the charts in the UK Queen arrived in Montreal following dates in Japan and their record-breaking tour of Latin America. It was to be the only concert by Queen that was ever shot on 35mm film. Always a great live band with arguably the greatest frontman of all time in Freddie Mercury they excelled themselves with the cameras rolling. Tracklisting: 1. Intro 2. We Will Rock You (fast) 3. Let Me Entertain You 4. Play The Game 5. Somebody To Love 6. Killer Queen 7. I'm In Love With My Car 8. Get Down Make Love 9. Save Me 10. Now I'm Here 11. Dragon Attack 12. Now I'm Here (reprise) 13. Love Of My Life 14. Under Pressure 15. Keep Yourself Alive 16. Drum & Timpani Solo 17. Guitar Solo 18. Crazy Little Thing Called Love 19. Jailhouse Rock 20. Bohemian Rhapsody 21. Tie Your Mother Down 22. Another One Bites The Dust 23. Sheer Heart Attack 24. We Will Rock You 25. We Are The Champions 26. God Save The Queen 27. Live Aid: Bohemian Rhapsody 28. Live Aid: Radio Gaga 29. Live Aid: Hammer To Fall 30. Live Aid: Crazy Little Thing Called Love 31. Live Aid: We Will Rock You 32. Live Aid: We Are The Champions 33. Live Aid: Is This The World We Created

  • The Robe [DVD] [1953] The Robe | DVD | (12/03/2012) from £6.07  |  Saving you £3.40 (34.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The Robe was designed by 20th Century-Fox to show off the wonders of CinemaScope, and taken simply as a vehicle for widescreen photography the movie is undeniably a visual treat. Perhaps the clumsy early 'Scope cameras were partly to blame, but from any other perspective--plot, dialogue and acting--The Robe is a flat, overly reverential and turgid piece of film making. Richard Burton is the Roman Centurion on duty at Christ's crucifixion who bets on and wins Jesus' robe, then spends the rest of the movie agonising about becoming a Christian. Victor Mature is his sanctimonious slave Demetrius. So confident were the producers of box-office success that they commissioned the sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiators, even before The Robe had been released. --Mark Walker

  • Nosferatu [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray] Nosferatu | Blu Ray | (18/11/2013) from £10.29  |  Saving you £9.70 (48.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    An iconic film of the German expressionist cinema and one of the most famous of all silent movies F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror continues to haunt - and indeed terrify - modern audiences with the unshakable power of its images. By teasing a host of occult atmospherics out of dilapidated set-pieces and innocuous real-world locations alike Murnau captured on celluloid the deeply-rooted elements of a waking nightmare and launched the signature Murnau-style that would change cinema history forever. In this first-ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula a simple real-estate transaction leads an intrepid businessman deep into the superstitious heart of Transylvania. There he encounters the otherworldly Count Orlok - portrayed by the legendary Max Schreck in a performance the very backstory of which has spawned its own mythology - who soon after embarks upon a cross-continental voyage to take up residence in a distant new land... and establish his ambiguous dominion. As to whether the count's campaign against the plague-wracked populace erupts from satanic decree erotic compulsion or the simple impulse of survival - that remains perhaps the greatest mystery of all in this film that's like a blackout... Remade by Werner Herzog in 1979 (and inspiring films as diverse as Abel Ferrara's King of New York and The Addiction and E. Elias Merhige's Shadow of the Vampire) F. W. Murnau's surreal 1922 cine-fable remains the original and landmark entry in the entire global tradition of the horror film. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present newly restored on 1080p Blu-ray at long last Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror in its definitive restoration complete with original intertitles and accompanied by the score that played with the film at the time of its initial release. Special Features: Brand new high-definition restoration by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung Two audio commentaries: one newly recorded by film historian David Kalat; the second by historian R. Dixon Smith and critic Brad Stevens The Language of Shadows a 53-minute documentary on Murnau's early years and the filming of Nosferatu New video interview with BFI Film Classics Nosferatu author Kevin Jackson Newly translated English subtitles with original German intertitles More surprises to be revealed closer to release date! PLUS: a 56-page booklet featuring writings and rare imagery

  • Rear Window - 60th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1954] [Region Free] Rear Window - 60th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (04/08/2014) from £10.99  |  Saving you £7.00 (38.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Like the Greenwich Village courtyard view from its titular portal, Alfred Hitchcock's classic Rear Window is both confined and multileveled: both its story and visual perspective are dictated by its protagonist's imprisonment in his apartment, convalescing in a wheelchair, from which both he and the audience observe the lives of his neighbors. Cheerful voyeurism, as well as the behavior glimpsed among the various tenants, affords a droll comic atmosphere that gradually darkens when he sees clues to what may be a murder. Photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) is, in fact, a voyeur by trade, a professional photographer sidelined by an accident while on assignment. His immersion in the human drama (and comedy) visible from his window is a by-product of boredom, underlined by the disapproval of his girlfriend, Lisa (Grace Kelly), and a wisecracking visiting nurse (Thelma Ritter). Yet when the invalid wife of Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr) disappears, Jeff enlists the two women to help him to determine whether she's really left town, as Thorwald insists, or been murdered. Hitchcock scholar Donald Spoto convincingly argues that the crime at the center of this mystery is the MacGuffin--a mere pretext--in a film that's more interested in the implications of Jeff's sentinel perspective. We actually learn more about the lives of the other neighbors (given generic names by Jeff, even as he's drawn into their lives) he, and we, watch undetected than we do the putative murderer and his victim. Jeff's evident fear of intimacy and commitment with the elegant, adoring Lisa provides the other vital thread to the script, one woven not only into the couple's own relationship, but reflected and even commented upon through the various neighbours' lives. At minimum, Hitchcock's skill at making us accomplices to Jeff's spying, coupled with an ingenious escalation of suspense as the teasingly vague evidence coalesces into ominous proof, deliver a superb thriller spiked with droll humour, right up to its nail-biting, nightmarish climax. At deeper levels, however, Rear Window plumbs issues of moral responsibility and emotional honesty, while offering further proof (were any needed) of the director's brilliance as a visual storyteller. --Sam Sutherland

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