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watched this for the first time last night

oh, i love funny exiting lines

Rear Window
(Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)

A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours
from his apartment window and becomes convinced
one of them has committed murder


i'd like to imagine this film as a sampling of Hitchcock's best fantasies. anyone who knows anything about him knows, if there was ever a person who had 'a thing' for blondes, it was Hitchcock. to me, the true nucleus of this movie is Lisa Fremont

played radiantly by Grace Kelly. So at the beginning, on the surface, she's pretty much the perfect woman. and for LB Jeffries, the wheelchair-bound photographer (Jimmy Stewart), that's the problem

i can hear you now,
'Get out of my life, you wonderful woman. you're too good for me'

at the beginning, she is kind, she is attractive. and she wants to be seen as attractive - taken out to dinner, taken to balls, paraded, etc. And for all her prospects, she is in love with LB Jeffries. Lucky man. but for LB, this is not enough. LB Jeffries is not just lucky, he is wise

LB wants a woman who can share in his passions. and he's challenging her to be more than the trophy blonde. if Hitchcock had another fixation beyond blondes, it was murder. and solving them. My take: what this movie really is, is the fusing... of Alfred Hitchcock's two chief fascinations. the blonde who helps solve the murder mystery and enjoys it. challenging Lisa to be more achieves two things for LB Jeffries and the movie, on different layers. layer 1: it keeps her engaged/interested in him, with her many prospects vying for her attention

Lisa Fremont: 'i'd say she's doing a woman's hardest job: juggling wolves'

layer 2: it provides the template for Hitchcock to demonstrate his ideal woman

Conclusion: the most delightful Hitchcock i've seen. i think it's great for everything above.. but furthermore, bc what is a more compelling film topic than what people do when they think they're not being watched? pondered it for a moment, and i'd imagine every person imagines their own life as its own grand film. so think of all the interesting pursuits people go through that we'll never know about. Rear Window, and a wheelchair-bound photographer named LB Jeffries provides the template and a playground for this concept of voyeurism. great movie