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Rear Window

By Luisa F. Ribeiro | Posted

From Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz, the restorers who brought you the rerelease of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (brighter, louder, longer), comes a spiffed-up version of the master's other great work, 1954's Rear Window. Window, possibly the most romantic diatribe ever made against marriage, makes a colorful return -- maybe a little too bright, but today's TV-schooled audiences won't mind. Hitch, with his propensity for putting blondes in peril, places his favorite cool blond, the exquisite Grace Kelly, in stylish jeopardy. She plays Lisa, a smartly dressed socialite who hurls herself in vain at her ailing photographer boyfriend, Jeff (James Stewart), who's more interested in the goings-on in the apartment house across the way than he is in the dish in his lap. Convinced he's witnessed a murder (of another coincidentally cool blond) by one of his neighbors, Jeff struggles to figure things out from the confines of his wheelchair until Lisa literally lends a hand. All that, and the the incomparable Thelma Ritter tosses out wise axioms, and Rear Window features the greatest slow-motion kiss ever filmed.

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