It’s Alfred Hitchcock’s most suspenseful film, his most engaging and atmospheric, and it features top lead actors with stars Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. It’s his 1954 blockbuster Rear Window, and if you haven’t seen it on the big screen then you haven’t seen it at all.
Tomorrow, March 22, 2015, and Wednesday, March 25, 2015, as part of the Fathom Event series, theaters across the country will screen the restored cut of the film. Presented by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, the film will be introduced by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.
It’s a steamy, sultry summer, and L.B. Jeffries (Jimmy Stewart) is a war photographer bedridden from an injury to his leg. He’s being taken care of by nurse Stella, played by Thelma Ritter, and is constantly being prodded for his affections by the beautiful fashion model Lisa Fremont, played by Grace Kelly. Jeffries’ apartment overlooks a courtyard and the back sides of other apartments, and as Jeffries gets more and more bored he begins following the goings-on out his rear window. Newlyweds, a musician, an unhappy couple, an older couple, a dancer, a lonely woman.
Is the heat getting to Jeffries, or could one of these tenants have committed a murder across the way?
Film classic character actors Randall Corey stars as Jeffries’ friend Detective Tom Doyle and Raymond Burr is the strange Lars Thorwald. Based on a 1942 short story by Cornell Woolrich called “It had to be Murder,” Rear Window continues to influence entertainment. Riffs on the theme have shown up in recent TV series Castle and Leverage, and a 1998 made-for-cable remake starred Christopher Reeve and Darryl Hannah.
Check out the Fathom Events website here for more information on screening locations and showtimes.