Rear Window ★★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

I can see how Grace Kelly became a princess.

Hitchcock’s use of the contrast between light and shadow is revolutionary. The scene where Thorwald smokes a cigarette in the dark and you see the embers go in and out: what a brilliant shot.

I especially love the fact that Hitchcock draws us in by making us feel like we’re also the ones peeping throw the windows. Every time Jefferies looks through the binoculars or the telephoto lens, it feels like the audience is there with him, casually observing and taking notes on the neighbors’ stories. We feel more and more like we’re in that room with Jefferies because like him, we’re the observer and not the observed. And it is precisely because of that feeling, we’re able to feel exposed when in the climax of the film, Thorwald sees Jefferies looking into his room; like Jeffries, we the audience share his sensation of going from the observer to the observed. Masterful.