Wednesday, March 24, 2010

#197: Rear Window

1954, TSPDT Rank #44

This is a film which reminds us the power of a great script, perfect actors, genius use of the camera, and a master director. All of these elements combine here to make a really great and entertaining film. While watching it, you feel as if you are in the apartment with the characters, and because of this, get involved in the suspense - feeling, like James Stewart's character, an inactive participant - engrossed and terrified from the events taking place in front of your eyes, but unable to do a thing about it. Rear Window is a relatively simple idea, which continues to captivate viewers because eavesdropping of this sort is something we've all done at one time or another, and we are expertly tricked into becoming a part of the film. And that, folks, is what good entertainment really is.

(Rating: 9/10)

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