Recuperating from a broken leg, adventuresome newspaper
photographer L. B. "Jeff" Jefferies is confined to a wheelchair in
his Greenwich Village apartment.
His rear window looks out onto a courtyard and several other apartments. During
a powerful heat wave, he watches his neighbors, who keep their
windows open to stay cool. He sees what he believes to be a murder, and decides
to solve the crime himself. With the help of his nurse and girlfriend, he tries
to catch the murderer without being killed himself!
In what is arguably the greatest metaphor for the cinema ever
made, Hitchcock shamelessly explores the human captivation with voyeurism. It's wrong, we know, to spy on others, but after all,
aren't we always voyeurs when we go to the movies? Here's a film about a man
who does on the screen what we do in the audience-look through a lens at the
private lives of strangers.
"Hitchcock long ago explained the difference between surprise
and suspense. A bomb under a table goes off, and that's surprise. We know the
bomb is under the table but not when it will go off, and that's suspense.
Modern slasher films depend on danger that leaps unexpectedly out of the
shadows. Surprise. And surprise that quickly dissipates, giving us a momentary
rush but not satisfaction. "Rear Window" lovingly invests in suspense
all through the film, banking it in our memory, so that when the final payoff
arrives, the whole film has been the thriller equivalent of foreplay.” – Roger Ebert
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954, USA, 114
minutes, starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter,
Cinémathèque @ the Camden Opera Houseis a new monthly film program celebrating the best of classic, foreign, and
cult cinema. This thrilling selection for the big screen aims to challenge,
invigorate, and promote dialogue.
Casual post-show discussions at nearby
40 Paper will follow each Cinémathèque screening, including ½ price
drinks starting at 9 pm.
General admission tickets $8, available online at
camdenoperahouse.com and at the door night of the show. Curated by Joanna