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Heat Wave: REAR WINDOW (1954) presented by Designing the Movies

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The Revue Cinema Presents
Designing the Movies: Rear Window (1954)
Thursday, July 27, 6:45PM

Summer in the city. A bored photographer. A heat wave. A murder in a Greenwich Village apartment. Or is it?

In Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Rear Window, a crime may have been committed. Photojournalist L.B. Jeffries is confined to a wheelchair overlooking his apartment courtyard. As the barometer rises he has nothing to do but watch the comings, goings and lives of his neighbours. When Jeff suspects there's been foul play across the courtyard, he enlists the sleuthing help of his intrepid girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) and physical therapist Stella (Thelma Ritter). What follows is a murder mystery, love story and voyeuristic exercise that creates a journey of suspense critics have called ‘the purest expression of a cinematic idea.'

After the movie, stay for the on-stage conversation with noted Canadian production designer Rocco Matteo (Nikita, The Kennedys, AMC's The Divide and Condor) about the film's extensive single set - at the time, the most expensive set Paramount had ever constructed, the themes of voyeurism and Hitchcock’s psychological use of space and architecture.

Come see the film that influenced movies about the ethics of surveillance like The Conversation and True Lies, and has elicited homages from the likes of Manhattan Murder Mystery, and Disturbia to the sitcom Friends. Of note — Rear Window kicks off The Revue’s deep summer miniseries of heat wave-themed films —stay tuned for details on the screenings of classics like Street Scene and Do the Right Thing.

There will be door prizes!

About the Film:

Rear Window, 1954, 112 mins
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Stars Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter and Wendell Corey

Based on “It Had to Be Murder,” a short story by Cornell Woolrich and inspired by other true crime events of the day, never has Hitchcock’s early background as an art director and set designer informed his use of the subjective camera and the limits of perspective more than in Rear Window, which also features the prowess of frequent Hitch collaborators like Paramount’s supervising art director Hal Pereira and production designer Joseph Macmillan Johnson, director of photography Robert Burks and costume designer Edith Head.

About Designing the Movies

Curated and hosted by freelance culture writer and film critic Nathalie Atkinson, a columnist for The Globe and Mail, Designing the Movies explores the talents whose names may be less familiar but whose work in production and costume design, art direction and set decoration is intrinsic to world of their films. Film series often focus on cast or director, or link by common subject themes; this ongoing series instead considers the crucial contributions of below-the-line craft in both popular favourites and lesser-known gems from across genres and eras.

With expert introductions and special guest Q&As, Designing the Movies uses the elements of design as a lens for analysis. Be it the narrative contributions of costume to character and story or the physical environment in which the action and meaning of a film takes place, interpreting the psychology and emotion of a screenplay and relaying that in visual form. So too the integral, at times misunderstood, role that costume plays in storytelling and bringing characters to life. The series is an opportunity to reconsider films from a new angle, and the invisible work of many talented collaborators made visible. -Nathalie Atkinson

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