The Fear of God: Rear Window

2 Jan

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Rear Window.

4 Responses to “The Fear of God: Rear Window”

  1. Mike Page January 2, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

    I am off the charts excited about a monthly Hitchcock. He’s my favorite, so this is really something to look forward to for me.

    • Reed February 15, 2018 at 12:48 am #

      Awesome! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who is giddy about this! Haha

  2. Steve B. January 6, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

    I had to re-watch Rear Window for this episode as I remember loving it but realizing that there were at a few aspects that lowered the enjoyment for me. I can recognize when I don’t love a film because it does things because of the time period it was made in. A big studio film from the 50’s may not explain everything at the end. The denouement was about 30 seconds long, which reminds me of other films at that era. You have the climax, then assume everyone wants to leave the theater immediately. But it nags at me as to what was Thorwald’s true motive and what exactly was buried in that flower bed? Her pretty head?! Did Lisa and Jefferies stay together? I’m imagining a sequel with them on an adventure in an exotic locale.

    I also sympathize with Nathan that Rear Window is tough to get through with its intentionally slow pacing. I get to watch most of my movies late in the evening, and even with caffeine stimulation I don’t think I’ve ever gotten through Rear Window in one sitting. That stretch where Jimmy Stewart is nodding off and re-awakening during the rainstorm is especially trying.

    Am I the only one that was a little appalled at the characters Jefferies, Lisa, and Stella for noticing the bottle of pills that Miss Lonelyhearts had ready, and recognizing the intention to use them for suicide, and then sort of shrugging it off in order to put focus back on Thorwald? Ethically wouldn’t helping her be a higher priority? They wouldn’t even have to involve the cops, just try to be a friend and not even let on that they were peeping.

    • Reed February 15, 2018 at 12:58 am #

      Much as I adore Rear Window (and indeed I do), I do find the treatment of Miss Lonelyhearts upsetting. I won’t justify it, but I do think it’s frighteningly more reflective of the reality of people who watch those struggling with depression and loneliness than we’d care to admit. There’s an embarrassing epidemic of “not-my-problem” where that struggle is concerned by those who notice it from afar. And thank goodness the film at least gave her a happy ending. It doesn’t erase the indictment, but it helps.

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