One of my favorite movies of all time, Rear Window (the 1953 version) was created by none other than the legend Alfred Hitchcock. Rear Window has been an unrivaled icon in the film universe probably because of the fact that every scene is tailored with elegance. One of the most memorable scenes was when James Stewart was spying across the street and Hitchcock lays out the building as if it was a canvas of activity. This film masterpiece was made entirely on one confined set built at Paramount Studios – a realistic courtyard composed of 32 apartments (12 completely furnished) – at a non-existent address in Manhattan (125 W. 9th Street). Each of the tenants of the other apartments offer an observant comment of marriage and a complete survey of male/female relationships (all the way from honeymooners to a murderous spouse), as the main protagonist watches / spies / spectates through his ‘rear window’ on them. Remarkably, the camera angles are largely from the protagonist’s own apartment, so the film viewer (in a dark theatre) sees the inhabitants of the other apartments almost entirely from his point of view – to share in his voyeuristic surveillance
So with this in mind, a few days ago as we were setting up for super review I stared out and was looking at the opposite tower at the city national bank and couldn’t help but think about this movie. I saw people going about their day- not even noticing that there was a girl standing across the way staring at them. Just an interesting thought.