The master of suspense lives up to his legend after ‘Psycho’ and ‘Vertigo’. Also known famously for ‘The Birds’ Alfred Hitchcock directs a brilliant, yet strangely relateable and possible movie. Starring James Stewart (Vertigo, Anatomy of a Murder) and Grace Kelly (Dial M for Murder, High Noon), this creates suspense and worry for extremely real characters. I enjoyed this movie though it was a little slow at some points.
When extreme photographer L.B. Jeffries is stuck in a weelchair staring out of his back window after aquiring an injury while working, he thinks he sees something dodgy. When a murder conspiracy arises, he must do all he can to stop the murderer, all without leaving his chair.
When Jeff is getting back into the wheelchair after Stella has given him a massage, his pajama top jumps from being unbuttoned to buttoned between shots.
The type of camera Jeff uses has a zoom too powerful to be used for practical purposes (such as spying on neighbours) without a tripod.
1) The love affair between war photographer Robert Capa and actress Ingrid Bergman is believed to be Alfred Hitchcock’s inspiration for the film’s romantic aspect.
2) The movie was shot on a specially constructed set that took 50 men two months to build and cost somewhere between $75,000 and $100,000. In order to get the scale right, the soundstage floor had to be removed so the courtyard could be built in a former storage space in the basement. Therefore Stewart’s apartment, which appears to be on the second floor, was actually at street level. The set included 31 apartments, of which 12 were fully furnished.
3) This film is ranked #3 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Mystery” in June 2008.
4) Because all but a few scenes are actually shot from inside Jeff’s apartment, Alfred Hitchcock remained in that part of the set for the entirety of the movie, communicating with his actors via short wave radio broadcasts.
5) The American Film Institute ranked this as the #48 Greatest Movie of All Time in 2007.