Event : Camden Opera House Cinémathèque Presents REAR WINDOW
Category: Movies/Concerts/Plays
Date: 4/8/2019
Time: 07:00 PM
City: Camden
State: Maine
Location: Camden Opera House

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 StewartGrace KellyWendell CoreyThelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr.


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 and at the door night of the show. Curated by Joanna Spinks.

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