Grace shines again…

Rear_Window_film_poster…as always. I’m really enjoying watching Grace Kelly and this time I finally got around to a movie that I’ve been meaning to watch for ages. Rear Window (1954).

Here she takes on the role of snob high society fashion expert Lisa, who is desperately trying to win the full attention of her boyfriend Jeff (?, hmm, is he really? Maybe she thinks so…I’m not convinced he does). He, however, is confined to his apartment in a wheelchair due to a broken leg courtesy of some action shot he took (he’s a photographer). Bored, Jeff (James Stewart) spends his days spying on casually watching the comings and goings of the surrounding neighbours. One couple living across the courtyard is constantly fighting until suddenly, the wife is gone. Under very suspicious goings on. Lisa at first isn’t really interested – she’s more worried about serving lobster and being the perfectly styled lady around. Oh, and becoming the undivided attention. However, gradually she is pulled into the mystery of the missing wife. And eventually is fully involved in contributing theories.

I absolutely love watching Grace Kelly go from pretty much being disinterested to being hands-on with this personal investigation going on. An absolute pleasure to watch her transform yet still allow the underlying prim and proper lady to shine through. And she seems to manage this so will in all the movies I’ve seen her in (which, I’m afraid is really a small handful). She has the knack of subtly bringing out a woman who does, in fact, have more substance/strength than we initially believe. And yet she always keeps her poise.

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As for the movie, well, let’s just focus on Grace here. She is magnificent. And gives another fine performance.

Here the movie that first introduced my to this actress: Grace Kelly’s Mrs Kane in High Noon and here she is in another Hitchcock movie: To Catch a Thief (1955).

For more of this wonderful lady, head on over to The Wonderful World of Cinema (here), Musings of a Classsic Film Addict (here) and The Flapper Dame (here), the wonderful hosts of The 5th Wonderful Grace Kelly Blogathon.

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14 comments

  1. Grace Kelly could have acted in any era and not been out of place. She was easily one of the most beautiful actresses to ever “grace” the big screen. I didn’t really buy the romance here but the film still worked. Hitchcock sure created some great tension in this film. One of his classics.

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    1. I’m with you on the romance but (and I whisper this as I don’t want to offend anyone) I thought it was because I wasn’t really taken by James Stewart. I’d never seen him before so I might need to watch something else. But yes, the romance didn’t work.

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    2. I love how you brought out that Grace has the knack of “subtly bringing out a woman who has more substance/strength than we initially believe. And yet she always keeps her poise.” From what I have read about Grace, she was precisely this way in her life as well. A great write up on a gem of a movie! Have you seen The Country Girl? I’d love to hear your thoughts on that.

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  2. Rear Window was my first Hitchcock, my first Grace Kelly and one of the films that introduced me to classic cinema. I never tire of it or reading other people’s takes on it- its endlessly fascinating! THANK YOU so much for participating!!!!

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  3. Wow! It’s always interesting to read about people’s first experience of watching this film! I’ll always remember mine! I was so stressed when Lisa goes in Lars’s house haha! Grace Kelly’s transformation is indeed among the many great aspects of this film this is perhaps why it’s one of her best performances. Thank you so much for this great article and for your participation to our blogathon!

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