What I knew going in: The basic plot as my millennial ass saw the loosely remade Disturbia when came out.
Photographer L.B Jeffries (James Stewart) is holed up in his apartment after breaking his leg on job. When he's not getting visits from his girlfriend, Lisa (Grace Kelly) or his at home nurse, Stella (Thelma Ritter) he's spending his time spying on his neighbors. Then he becomes convinced one of them, Mr. Thorwald (Raymond Burr) has murdered his wife.
For some reason, I assumed this film would be kind of slow. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't and that I was immediately engaged throughout. I think this is my new favorite Hitchcock film, there wasn't a minute of it I didn't enjoy.
All the actors in this are good (and the ones we watch across the way are amusing) but Thelma Ritter was by far my favorite. Stella was awesome. I assumed she was going to disappear after she stopped by at the beginning and she didn't. I'm so glad she got to be in the final act as well. Stewart and Kelly had good chemistry as well, I especially loved the moment where Jeffries realizes how wrong he was about Lisa being the right woman for him. Lisa and Stella working as a team was another delight.
The only part of this film that didn't age well are the special effects and that's to be expected. That's always good for a chuckle.
Memorable Quote "That's abnormal." - Stella (Thelma Ritter)
2019 Blind Spot List
And here are the films I plan on watching next year for Ryan's creation, which is now managed by Sofia. Normally I stick with one movie per month, but I'm going to try to tackle the entire Godfather trilogy like I did the Three Colors series in 2017.
What do you think of my choices? Have you seen them? Let me know!
2) Cinema Paradiso
3) In The Heat of the Night
4) Scenes from a Marriage
5) My Left Foot
6) Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
8) Enter the Dragon
9) Kramer vs Kramer
10) The Godfather trilogy*
11) Judgement at Nuremberg*
Alternates: Suddenly, Last Summer (This was actually on my 2018 list but apparently Netflix has one DVD for the entire country because I've been on "very long wait" all year)
*Indicates that I have seen parts of the film, just not all in one sitting.