Thursday, December 27, 2007

Soaking It In: Rear Window

Rear WindowRear Window (1954) by Alfred Hitchcock: 112 minutes, 8.8 IMDB, 100% fresh tomatoes

Great Hitchcock. Glad this one's one the list.

My notes:
  • 0:01:00 The curtain's going up.
  • 0:10:00 The cousinnephew spots that this was the basis for a Simpsons episode.
  • 0:18:00 Jeff is nuts for not wanting to marry Lisa.
  • 0:22:00 Miss Lonely Hearts is rehearsing the dinner to the tune of Bing Crosby's To See You is to Love You (from Road to Bali)
  • 0:23:45 Miss Torso. Lisa says she's not in love with the most prosperous one, or any of them. (IMDB says of the Miss Torso actress, Georgine Darcy, "Mother initially wanted her to become a stripper; she chose ballet instead." Wonder if that's true. I guess it'd better be; it's in her obituary.)
  • 0:49:13 Lisa starts to believe.
  • 1:06:00 Lisa really gets interested when Jeff mentions an alligator handbag. Heh.
  • 1:32:00 They're ignoring Miss Lonely Hearts because they're preoccupied with Thorwald.
  • 1:36:50 Jeff: "Stella was wrong about Miss Lonely Hearts." How'd he come to that conclusion?

The cousinnephew summary:
  • Camera work was something to be noted. You have one setting. It's always from Jeff's view until just about the end. So they have to do the camera angles from his room.
  • I like the beginning where they do -- it must have been a crane shot -- where they go all around. (We replayed the first few minutes and saw that the cousinnephew was right. He's developing a good eye for this sort of thing. Brief discussion about the use of establishing shots.)

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