The main plot device is introduced as a driving force for tension and suspense only in a second half. But, thanks to sharp dialogues, its entire running time feels like a thrill ride. That's why this one doesn't feel like a gimmick, no matter how basic premise truly seems. Much like other Hitchcock's mystery-thrillers, as the story unravels, the main protagonists end up being more unlikable the the actual villains.
3.8 stars. Creates a pretty perfect dialectic between glossy Hollywood palatability and deeply misanthropic-misogynist unwholesomeness. I prefer when Hitchcock deliberately breaks his cinema's superflat carapace in 'Vertigo' letting weird expressionist elements leak in. The soundstaging here is brilliant, but airless... which is thematically appropriate, but a little exhausting for me personally!
El malestar de la mirada: un trazo del ojo que ve y que revela lo no revelado, lo que se escapa al ojo. Es a través del acto de sentarse y ver-mirar en el que el mundo se nos presenta en su completud. Planos fijos y ventanas fijas, al igual que los que ven, permanecen en un estatismo para enfocar la mirada a otra parte. El ojo cine. El malestar de la cultura. Desenfocada, sin transfiguración cinematográfica.
Probably the Hitchcock film I've seen the most times. I have some problems with the film's gender politics, especially the fact that Lisa practically has to jump through flaming hoops to earn Jeff's attentions. It's a capsule of the time it came from. I suppose it's even progressive by the standards of its era, due to the implied class divide that Jefferies and Lisa cross to even be together in the first place.
Pretty good but a tad overrated. I think Peeping Tom is a way better film about voyeurism. It's hard to believe that James Stewart is more interested in his neighbors than the beautiful Grace Kelly. The fact that the film revolves so much around 1950s gender norms is a bit eyeroll inducing. The concept and mise en scene are great, but if only the murderer was more compelling. The last half hour is fantastic though.
The ultimate voyeur movie. Grace Kelly was at the height of her career as the girlfriend of (always excellent) James Stewart who observe a possible murder by his neighbor. Hitchcock has probably never been better with this film where every window tells different stories and he has gotten the film shot and edited marvelously. It is nothing here to complain about in a movie that is close to perfection.
I remember how much I enjoyed it the first time I saw it. I saw it in the movie theatre, and I remember trying to crawl out of my seat because of how well the tension was built. Jimmy Stewart plays a bit of a perv. He's peeking into windows with binoculars and a telephoto lens. He has the incredible Grace Kelly, but he'd rather be the voyeur.