Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Rear Window (1954)

An American mystery thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart.
A disabled photographer lives in a city tenament building that has a window facing other buildings full of apartments like his own. He watches the neighbors through this window and suspects that one of them has committed murder.
The camera-work was spectacular! We have panning and zooming working together to look into other windows and then the camera pulls back to reveal that it has been in the main character's window all along. He gets out his binoculars and the viewer sees his view through them, as well as his telephoto lens camera. The plot and characters were clearly communicated and easy to keep track of. The style was very much of the times, but still good. The pacing really speeds up toward the climax when multiple things are happenning in a short amount of time and we get lots of short and action-packed camera shots. I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in photography (still or video). I rate it good.

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