Rear Window 4.0 stars

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  • Rated PG | 1 hour, 52 minutes

A premise with broad appeal for the casual and occasional voyeur: a globe-trotting photojournalist, confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, whiling away the hours of a summer hot spell by spying on his neighbors around the tenement courtyard, begins to suspect the neighbor across the way of having done away with his wife. And a treatment of high, not broad, appeal for the more than casual and occasional moviegoer: an unusual amount of material done in extreme long shot. Or, to say the same thing another way, an unusual amount done in first-person point-of-view shots. (Better, however, to say it the other way: Hitchcock's rigorously choreographed camera movement, as in all his "subjective" work, does not correspond terribly well to the human eye.) With James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr. 1954.

Duncan Shepherd

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