After he begins to peer into the private lives of his neighbours from the confines of his apartment window, a wheelchair bound photographer is convinced that one of them has committed a murder. Presenting the majority of the films intrigue and suspense through the binoculars of L.B “Jeff” Jeffries. Rear Window invites the audience to participate in his voyeuristic meanderings.
“Many critics have argued that Rear Window’s core theme concerns the power of the male gaze. From his unique position, seeing but not seen, Jeff controls the actions of others...Hitchcock and his technicians see and manipulate the actions from a privileged vantage point. Jeff’s apartment becomes in a way, the architectural embodiment of the themes of this film.” (Belton 34:2000)
Belton, J (1995) Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. United Kingdom:Cambridge University Press
John Michael Hayes
James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr
Selected Director Filmography + Related Films:
The Man Who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes, Foreign Correspondent, Suspicion, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Lifeboat, Spellbound, Notorious, Rope, Stage Fright, Strangers on a Train, I Confess, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Trouble with Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Wrong Man, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy, Family Plot