Which of Alfred Hitchcock’s films do you think is the best? The British Film Institute’s international critics’ poll chose Vertigo as the greatest film of all time, period, but Psycho, The Birds and North By Northwest have advocates, too. Hitchcock’s own favorite of his films was the dark serial killer thriller Shadow of a Doubt. We like all of those, but our fave is Rear Window.
Jimmy Stewart is a globe-trotting magazine photographer sidelined in his New York City apartment with a broken leg and an excellent view of his apartment complex’s courtyard. A voyeur with too much time on his hands, the photog begins to pass the time by using his prodigious lenses to spy on his neighbors. Eventually, he begins to realize he’s witnessed a murder—or has he?
Grace Kelly is luminous as Stewart’s fiancée, Thelma Ritter is sharp and cynical as his physical therapist and Raymond Burr is frightened and frightening as the possible murderer.
Rear Window will be screened Monday (Oct. 28) at 2:30, 5, and 7:30 PM at the GE Theatre at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady) as part of the AFI 100 series. Tickets are $5. For more info, call 346-6204.