James Stewart spots something fishy going in the apartment across the courtyard, in Alfred Hitchcock’s masterly thriller.
Rear Window remains one of the master of suspense’s most famous and best-loved films. In his second of four collaborations with Hitchcock, James Stewart plays L.B. Jeffries, a professional photographer with his leg in plaster who takes to spying on a neighbouring block of flats from his apartment window. Noting the rituals and idiosyncrasies of a cross-section of New Yorkers as they go about their daily lives, he soon becomes convinced that one of them, Thorwald (Raymond Burr), has murdered his wife.
Not just a smart and spellbinding suspense thriller, but also a wry comment on the voyeuristic pleasures of cinema itself, Rear Window is a multi-layered delight and a genuine masterpiece.