Films & Architecture: “Rear Window”

We come back to the 1950s to remember one of the great masters of modern film making, . In Rear Window, most of the scenes are recorded from the limited view of one single room. Things within a housing complex seems to work fine for everyone but not for this photographer that is forced to see the world from the same perspective every day.

Let us know what are your thoughts about this classic Hitchcock’s work and we wait for any recommendation for keep going with the list!

MAIN INFO

Original Title: Rear Window
Year: 1954
Runtime: 112 min.
Country: United States
Director: Alfred Hitchcock 
Writer: Cornell Woolrich & John Michael Hayes
Cinematography: Robert Burks
Soundtrack: Franz Revell
Cast: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Wendell Corey, Raymond Burr

PLOT

Professional photographer L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries is a prisoner of sorts in his own apartment sporting a hip cast from one of his adventures. He has little to do and spends much of the time observing his neighbors, including a newlywed couple, a middle-aged woman who lives alone and a ballerina who seems to attract men without much effort. He becomes particularly interested in one neighbor, Lars Thorwald, a traveling salesman whose invalid wife spends much of her time in bed.

When he sees Thorwald make several trips out of his apartment on a particularly rainy night, he begins to wonder what may be going on. The disappearance of his wife makes him think he may have murdered her. Jeffries has few visitors, but the elegant and beautiful Lisa Fremont, who is madly in love with him, sees him daily and while she is at first skeptical, soon comes around to his way of thinking. In order to get proof however, it will be necessary for her to enter Thorwald’s apartment.

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Cite: Portilla, Daniel. "Films & Architecture: “Rear Window”" 18 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 01 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=254649>

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    Such a fantastic film, my 5th year studio was predicated on the understanding of Rear Window!

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    boring! please post some less known movies on architecture!! which expands the minds as Michael Madsen – Into eternity i.e.!

    Thanks

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    I love that movie–ad hoc, organically emergent visual and spacial communities are some of the best spaces. Sometimes architect would do well to do less in a way–to let spaces of interaction emerge and organize themselves from the bottom up rather than from the top down.

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