SATURDAY, JULY 24 11:30 AM;
MONDAY, JULY 26 7 PM;
THURSDAY, JULY 29 9 PM.
Don’t be surprised if, in another decade or three, Rear Window doesn’t overtake Vertigo as official apex Hitchcock. It, too, has Jimmy Stewart playing against typecasting as an obsessive creep, this time a photographer confined to a wheelchair in front of the title aperture. It, too, has a deadly mystery at its heart, and a gorgeous woman (Grace Kelly at apex gorge) implausibly having to compete for Stewart’s character’s attention. The way it peeks into a half dozen other lives, the way it constructs narratives — and hinges on how we construct narratives — and the way it inhabits the voyeurism at the very heart of movies bring it right up to that level.
1954 Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 1.33:1 Color DCP 112 min.