Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rear Window

When Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window premiered in August 1954, THC was too young to see it and then it was out of distribution for decades as the movie rights were tied up in a dispute.  It was the mid-1980s before I saw it.  Loved the story and was transfixed by the amazing set as well as by Grace Kelly, an actress I never really "got" until seeing her in this film.

The movie is set during a New York City heat wave before air conditioning but it was filmed on a set in Hollywood.  The set is based on a real Manhattan location - 125 Christopher St.which is Ninth Street west of Sixth Avenue.  The set consists of 31 apartments of which twelve were fully furnished, and was 38 feet wide, 185 feet long and 40 feet high, the largest indoor set ever built at Paramount Studios.

Here is what it looked like in the opening scene:

And this is the set as it looks throughout the entire film (via Vimeo) as put together by:

Rear Window Timelapse from Jeff Desom on Vimeo.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot - Grace Kelly.

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