Homage to Hitchcock - Rear Window (1954)
This movie would be worth the ticket if all it showed was Grace Kelly’s entrance where she leans over to kiss a slumbering (and might I add, much more senior to the future princess) Jimmy Stewart. The first time I saw the movie, when the Hitchcock estate settled the suit to allow Rope, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, and The Trouble With Harry to be shown in public for the first time in more than 25 years, I literally inhaled and exhaled so blissfully I thought my date was going to leave me.
Rear Window is an adventure in backlot euphoria. The movie consists of following sets. Jimmy Stewart’s apartment, being cleaned constantly by the Most Underrated Actress in Movie History, Thelma Ritter; “The Torso” dancing in the window of her place; Ms. Lonely Hearts turning down the advances of a much younger man; the brilliant pianist left to drink himself to sleep; the older couple sleeping on their balcony; and finally Lars Thorwald’s place of dismemberment, just across from Jimmy’s.
If ever there existed a more despicable criminal than Raymond Massey, I’ll be sure to catch a double feature between Lars Thorwald and the Runner-Up Bad Guy. Never has a man in professor glasses been so lethal.
And no one scared me more than Raymond Massey as he enters the apartment of the wheelchair bound Mr. Stewart looking to stuff the defenseless man into a travel bag, which essentially was the fate of Mr. Thorwald’s bedridden wife.
The concept, conjured up by Sir Alfred during a visit to NYC, is seamlessly executed. The movie is almost 65 years old and I’d watch it again tomorrow.
You should too.
Grace Kelly returns to melt our hearts once more for Sir Alfred in To Catch a Thief (1955).