When James Stewart’s photojournalist is confined to his apartment with a broken leg in a sweltering summer in New York, he begins to observe constantly the lives of those around him. Passive activity evolves into voyeuristic obsession, until he thinks he has witnessed a murder…
One of Hitchcock’s most celebrated and morally complex films, with the camera restrained as tightly as the incapacitated protagonist and aligned to his privileged and restricted point of view. Mordant wit, nail-biting suspense and a gallery of superb performances, not least from Raymond Burr as the victimised murderer across the way.
Part of Leeds Festival of Architecture 2019, Rear Window was selected to play by Page\Park architects, who are working with the cinema on our upcoming redevelopment project. Mark Johnson of Page\Park selected the film saying “[Rear Window] forces the viewer to look at the story from a fixed perspective, clever in terms of film making and storytelling. It also builds on the effects on mental wellbeing faced by our protagonist when confined to one space, along with his own moral dilemmas. It’s a classic.”
Rear Window will be accompanied by the short Accidence (Dir. Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson & Galen Johnson | 2018 | CA | 9mins) a thoroughly Hitchcockian mystery that doubles as a veritable smorgasbord for voyeurs.