Friday, 24 February 2012

Review Of Rear Window

Figure One - Poster

Rear Window is a 1954 American suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, written by John Michael Hayes and based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story "It Had to Be Murder"
  • ·         Release: 1954
  • ·         Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
  • ·         Produced by: Alfred Hitchcock
  • ·         Screenplay by: John Michael Hayes
  • ·         Story by: Cornell Woolrich

Telling the story through a camera movement is what Rear window does best, first off with the opening scene, letting the viewers see what the film is going to be about early on by showing the rear window of the protagonist Jeff looking onto the neighbours. 

Then the camera moves slowly around a broken camera and images of dangerous perspective images, from this, the audience find out how Jeff broke his leg. 

“The viewer is made to take the POV of a character who likes to watch things he's not supposed to see. While suspenseful, the plotline is necessarily low on action (unlike other Hitchcock masterworks like North By Northwest and The Birds), but a pet dog is killed offscreen. You might tell kids this was the direct inspiration for the 2007 teen-bait thriller Disturbia.”  (Cassady 2010)