The Rio Theatre‘s series of Summer Classics continues on Wednesday, August 2 with Alfred Hitchcock‘s voyeuristic mystery-thriller REAR WINDOW.
Professional photographer L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries (James Stewart) breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont (Grace Kelly) and his visiting nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter) to investigate. With Raymond Burr.
“Flawless, essetial viewing that would earn more than it’s five stars if only Empire would allow it…” (Empire Magazine)
“Alfred Hitchcock‘s suspense classic is spiffier, sexier and more relevant than ever to a new century of peeping Toms.” (Rolling Stone)
“The level of danger and suspense is so far elevated above the cheap thrills of the modern slasher films that REAR WINDOW, intended as entertainment in 1954, is now revealed as art. Alfred Hitchcock long ago explained the difference between surprise and suspense. A bomb under a table goes off, and that’s surprise. We know the bomb is under the table but not when it will go off, and that’s suspense. Modern slasher films depend on danger that leaps unexpectedly out of the shadows. Surprise. And surprise that quickly dissipates, giving us a momentary rush but not satisfaction. REAR WINDOW lovingly invests in suspense all through the film, banking it in our memory, so that when the final payoff arrives, the whole film has been the thriller equivalent of foreplay.” (Roger Ebert)
Tuesday, August 2
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm
Advance tickets $10 HERE | $12 at the door
*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954 / 112 mins / PG) A newspaper photographer with a broken leg passes time recuperating by observing his neighbors through his window. He sees what he believes to be a murder, and decides to solve the crime himself. With the help of his nurse and girlfriend, he tries to catch the murderer without being killed himself.