SIXTY FIVE YEARS AGO

Sixty Five years ago ON THIS DAY, Alfred Hitchcock released REAR WINDOW to the world !

Rear  Window (Directed  by Alfred Hitchcock – Starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly and Thelma Ritter)

A  photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (played by James Stewart) is confined to his tiny courtyard apartment after breaking his leg on duty. To pass the time the binocular-wielding Jeffries stares through the rear window of his apartment at the goings-on in the other apartments around his courtyard.  As he watches his neighbors, he assigns them names such as “Miss Torso” (for a ballet dancer), Ms.Lonely Hearts (for a middle aged spinster), etc

The movie  has aged very well and is memorable for the ravishing presence of Grace Kelly who plays Lisa Carol Fremont, a famous socialite-cum-fashion model, Hitchcock’s quintessential icy, cool  blonde with a fire glowing within, who wants Jeff to put a stop to his wander lust and settle down in a nice soft job specializing in fashion portraits and marry her. She courses  through the movie like a surreal apparition – truly a princess before she actually became Her Royal Highness of Monaco.  With the sleuthing premise in the foreground, it’s the different stories of love which go on in the various apartments which is the movie’s real focus – the love of the childless elderly couple for their pet dog, the travails of the newly married couple, the unrequited love of a middle aged spinster “Ms.Lonely Hearts”, the struggling bachelor musician and his love of music, the comely dancer “Ms. Torso” juggling predatorial  paramours itching to score with her while all the time she’s pining for her true love who stays  out of town.

Ironically the movie uses the limitation of  space to unshackle the imagination and breaks new ground in cinematic possibilities.

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