Rear Window

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USA, 1954, 112 min.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Producer: Alfred Hitchcock (Paramount Pictures)
Screenplay: John Michael Hayes
Director of Photography: Robert Burks
Music: Franz Waxman
Cast: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr

Cornell Woolrich’s short story “It Had to Be Murder”, originally released in 1942 in Dime Detective Magazine, does not seem at first glance to be an ideal film adaptation material: a bored bedridden guy watches a neighbor in the opposite window and – without any strong evidence – he starts to suspect the neighbor of murder. However, Alfred Hitchcock has already had lots of experience with limited location stories (Lifeboat /1944 /, Rope /1948/) and with the assistance of talented screenwriter John Michael Hayes, he made an exciting thriller in which all the elements contribute to a perfect whole. Of course, there was no harm in casting big stars (it was neither the first, nor the last time that James Stewart and Grace Kelly worked with Hitchcock), using Robert Burks’ precise camera, or including Franz Waxman’s unforgettable music. Result? One of the best movies ever! (Milan Hain)

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