Friday, May 19, 2017

The Essential Films Podcast Episode #012: Rear Window (1954)


On today’s podcast adventure, Adolfo and Mark discuss the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic: REAR WINDOW!

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On this week’s show:

  • An in-depth discussion of Disney World Parks
  • Jedis are gender neutral
  • Adolfo’s favorite Hitchcock film
  • Thelma Ritter: The MVP
  • The inevitable “Simpsons” discussion
  • How sound plays such an important role in the film
  • Hitchcock’s growing pains in cinema
  • The movie is completely set up in the first two minutes
  • The believable cast of characters in the courtyard
  • How the film turns the audience into voyeurs
  • Grace Kelly at the peak of her Grace Kelly
  • How Hitchcock places doubt in the viewer’s head
  • Lars Thorwald is more sinister being kind to a dog than being cruel to it
  • How long does it take to walk up a flight of stairs?
  • How Hitchcock makes you feel bad for the killer
  • Sacrificing realism for suspense
  • An exercise in reaction editing
  • Differences to the original short story
  • Hitchcock likes to get around the censors
  • Thorwald and Jeff mirror each other
  • “It’s almost as if it’s being written for us”
  • The camera as a phallic symbol
  • The made for TV Movie remake starring Christopher Reeve



PLUS CONVERSATIONS ON:
  • WINGS (1927)
  • THE LODGER: A STORY OF THE LONDON FOG (1928)
  • THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1934)
  • THE 39 STEPS (1935)
  • SABOTAGE (1936)
  • THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938)
  • THE LADY VANISHES (1938)
  • HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940)
  • IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
  • IN A LONELY PLACE (1950)
  • DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954)
  • A MAN ESCAPED (1956)
  • VERTIGO (1958)
  • NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
  • PSYCHO (1960)
  • “THE SIMPSONS” BART OF DARKNESS (TV Episode 1994)
  • REAR WINDOW (1998)
  • DISTURBIA (2007)
  • AVATAR (2009)
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017)
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