Big screen classics

Rear Window

Thriller, romance, a study in voyeurism – this Hitchcock classic has it all.

Image from Rear Window

USA 1954
Dir Alfred Hitchcock
With James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr
Certificate PG

One of Hitchcock’s finest and most complex films, this adaptation of a Cornell Woolrich short story has its temporarily immobilised photojournalist (Stewart) solicit moral and practical support from his fiancée (Kelly) and others when he starts to suspect something sinister has occurred in a nearby apartment. Thriller, romance, study in voyeurism, it also uses the protagonist’s neighbours to explore aspects of togetherness and solitude.