For, Friday, March 20, 2015

"Rear Window" (1954) is one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest later films, a nail-biting thriller about a professional photojournalist (James Stewart) laid up in a wheelchair with a broken leg.

While stuck in his apartment in a New York tenement, he manages to fend off boredom by using binoculars to observe his neighbors through their apartment windows across the courtyard. And he dreams up narrative scenarios for each one, giving them names to match their actions.

Then one evening he believes he has witnessed a murder by one of his neighbors (Raymond Burr) but he finds himself unable to convince others that it really happened, including his rich socialite girlfriend (Grace Kelly), his personal nurse (Thelma Ritter) and a detective pal (Wendell Corey).


       Thelma Ritter, James Stewart, 'Rear Window'

As the film progresses, Hitchcock ratchets up the suspense so much that you'll be gripping your armrests and possibly spilling your popcorn. And though it takes place almost entirely from Stewart's viewpoint in his apartment, the film never feels confining.


This is one of Hitchcock's acknowledged classics and seeing on the big screen is an opportunity that shouldn't be missed.


          Grace Kelly, James Stewart, 'Rear Window'

"Rear Window" will play in several Cinemark theaters around the state (and the country) on Sunday, March 22, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Wednesday, March 25, at 2 and 7 p.m.


This one is being hosted by the Turner Classic Movies cable channel, which celebrates classic films 24/7, and it will be introduced by Ben Mankiewicz.