Thursday, January 20, 2011

Rear Window: How can you not watch?

Just noticed that "Rear Window" is on. Can't resist. Switched to it just at that magical moment when a shadow falls across the face of a drowsy Jimmy Stewart... and we cut to a tight close up of the miraculous Grace Kelly slowly closing in for a kiss.

Then the full introduction: Hitchcock widens out as she floats about, literally lighting up the room. One lamp, click — "Lisa" — another lamp, and we see more of her — "Carol" — the third lamp, and she's enveloped in a cloud of chiffon — "Fremont".

Could this be the greatest character introduction in film? Even if it isn't, there's never been anyone like Grace. Or Jimmy. Or Hitch.

Posted via email from Yes, That Bob West

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