"Through his rear window, and the eye of his powerful camera, he watched a great city tell on itself, expose its cheating ways...and murder!"
Do not miss the Hitchcock films playing all October at the Reading Gaslamp 15! Starting with... one of his greatest...
'Rear Window' (1954) (Trailer below)
Considered by many film lovers, critics and scholars to be one of Hitchcock's best films... 'Rear Window' centers on a wheelchair-bound professional photographer (Stewart) who's confined to his New York apartment after suffering a broken leg during a recent shoot. In finding himself unable to leave his apartment for days on end...he spends his time looking out of his rear courtyard-facing apartment window, observing the neighbors and soon begins to suspect...one of them has committed murder.
There are a few Hitchcock films everyone should jump at the chance to see on one of San Diego's best and largest theater screens (Reading Gaslamp's Screen 1)...and this film is one of them. Starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, the universally praised 'Rear Window' continues to have a startling 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with all critics giving it a top rating. Don't miss it! (No, really!)
Creator of this Event: Robb
Cost: Only $7.00 (includes $2 off a popcorn or soda - just ask for the discount!)
When and Where: We'll meet up in the lobby of the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 at 6:45pm and head into the theater at 6:55pm.
After the Film: We may swing by somewhere close to chat and have a drink if enough folks are up for it.
Other Interesting Facts:
- As most people know...Alfred Hitchcock makes a cameo in many of his own films (he actually appears in 37 of the 52 films in which he was listed as the main director). Where does he appear in 'Rear Window'? - About a half hour into the film, winding the clock in the songwriter's apartment.
- This is the only film in which Grace Kelly is seen with a cigarette. She refused to smoke in films, except this once.
- Once during the filming, the lights were so hot they set off the soundstage sprinkler system.
- Screenwriter John Michael Hayes based Lisa on his own wife, who'd been a professional fashion model when they married.
- All of the sound in the film is diegetic, meaning that all the music, speech and other sounds all come from within the world of the film (with the exception of the non-diegetic orchestral music heard in the first three shots of the film).
- In 2007, 'Rear Window' was ranked by the AFI as the #48 Greatest Movie of All Time and, in 2008, it was ranked as the #3 Greatest Mystery Film.