Designing the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW (1954)

by The Revue Team

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The Revue Cinema Presents
Designing the Movies: Rear Window (1954)
Thursday, July 27, 6:45PM

Summer in the city. A bored photographer. A heat wave. A murder in a Greenwich Village apartment. Or is it?

In Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Rear Window, a crime mayhave been committed. Photojournalist L.B. Jeffries is confined to a wheelchair overlooking his apartment courtyard. As the barometer rises he has nothing to do but watch the comings, goings and lives of his neighbours. When Jeff suspects there's been foul play across the courtyard, he enlists the sleuthing help of his intrepid girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) and physical therapist Stella (Thelma Ritter). What follows is a murder mystery, love story and voyeuristic exercise that creates a journey of suspense critics have called ‘the purest expression of a cinematic idea.'

After the movie, stay for the on-stage conversation with noted Canadian production designer Rocco Matteo (NikitaThe Kennedys, AMC's The Divide and Condor) about the film's extensive single set - at the time, the most expensive set Paramount had ever constructed, the themes of voyeurism and Hitchcock’s psychological use of space and architecture.

Come see the film that influenced movies about the ethics of surveillance like The Conversation and True Lies, and has elicited homages from the likes of Manhattan Murder Mystery, and Disturbia to the sitcom Friends. Of note — Rear Window kicks off The Revue’s deep summer miniseries of heat wave-themed films —stay tuned for details on the screenings of classics like Street Scene and Do the Right Thing.

There will be door prizes!

About the Film:

Rear Window, 1954, 112 mins
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Stars Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter and Wendell Corey

Based on “It Had to Be Murder,” a short story by Cornell Woolrich and inspired by other true crime events of the day, never has Hitchcock’s early background as an art director and set designer informed his use of the subjective camera and the limits of perspective more than in Rear Window, which also features the prowess of frequent Hitch collaborators like Paramount’s supervising art director Hal Pereira and production designer Joseph Macmillan Johnson, director of photography Robert Burks and costume designer Edith Head. 

 

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