Rear Window (1954)

Cinema Classics Seminar: Rear Window

Hitchcock: Close Quarters!
Tuesday, July 31, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Instructor: Andrew M. Karasik, Film Producer, 30th Street Entertainment
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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Hitchcock once said, “Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.” Indeed, for all their glamorous stars and stunning set pieces, the suspense of a Hitchcock film can feel almost unbearable. So, too, is he merciless with his characters, laying bare their deepest motives and drives, be they fear, guilt, voyeurism, or obsession.

The protagonist of Hitchcock’s 1954 masterpiece,
Rear Window, L. B. Jefferies (James Stewart), is an accomplished photojournalist for whom the most honest, intimate moments of others are his stock-in-trade. Debilitated by a broken leg, he cannot stop watching his neighbors, despite the pleas of his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and his girlfriend (Grace Kelly). As Jefferies becomes increasingly fixated on the malfeasance that may or may not be taking place outside his window, his peeping-tom tendencies are exposed and dissected while we, the rapt viewers, are made complicit in his voyeurism. Just as Jefferies is powerless to stop or solve the crimes that may be taking place outside his window, the audience is powerless to look away.

Through our exploration of this essential film, we will come to suffer along with Jefferies, and also consider our own inability to look away from the silver screen.

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. Students meet in the 2nd floor Multimedia room for an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. The film itself is shown in one of our theaters. Your ticket for the screening, as well as popcorn and a drink, are included with your registration.
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    6:30pm 2018-07-31 18:30:00 2018-07-31 21:30:00 America/New_York Cinema Classics Seminar: Rear Window Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA