- DESIGNING THE MOVIES
USA | 1954 | 112 min | PG. Join host Nathalie Atkinson as she presents Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Rear Window. After the movie, stay for the on-stage conversation with noted Canadian production designer Rocco Matteo 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.
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.
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.