Rear Window 1954




Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr.

Grace Kelly appeared a number of times for Hitchcock – and in  Rear Window she plays the girlfriend of James Stewart and becomes involved in the intrigue that follows as a result of his forced immobility due to an accident that leads him, with time on his hands – to watch from his apartment window the goings-on of his near neighbours – and one in  particular with a dramatic and scary outcome.

She was also in another Hitchcock film, which I really like ‘Dial M for Murder’ with Ray Milland and Robert Cummings.


What the critics said: “[Rear Window] develops such a clean, uncluttered line from beginning to end that we’re drawn through it (and into it) effortlessly. The experience is not so much like watching a movie, as like … well, like spying on your neighbours. Hitchcock traps us right from the first and because Hitchcock makes us accomplices in Stewart’s voyeurism, we’re along for the ride” 

This sums things up pretty well – we are indeed trapped into James Stewart’s  claustrophobic world 


Here are some shots and scenes from the film and from the filming

Rear Window 1954

ABOVE – Alfred Hitchcock in a publicity still with the two main actors

Rear Window 1954 2

ABOVE – Grace Kelly and James Stewart feeling the tension

Filming Rear Window

On the set – filming with James Stewart in plaster and largely immobilised

James Stewat with Grace Kelly

ABOVE – a lovely colour still


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