Rear Window

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USA | 1954 | 112 minutes | Alfred Hitchcock

August 24, 2019

Dressed to the Nines: Style in Cinema

After a mildly embarrassing workplace accident sidelines photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (James Stewart) with a broken leg, he finds himself going stir crazy in his apartment. As boredom ensues, Jeff begins to pass the time by spying on his neighbors via his camera and telephoto zoom lenses, much to the chagrin of his caretaker Stella (Thelma Ritter) and fiancée Lisa (Grace Kelly). But when a woman across the street goes missing, Jeff begins to suspect her husband (Raymond Burr) of foul play in Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 masterpiece. Amidst all the heightened suspense, costume designer Edith Head has a field day with Grace Kelly as her muse, creating a lookbook of sophisticated mid-fifties style.

Costume design is one of the essential elements of filmmaking. In the hands of a talented designer, wardrobe reveals character and informs story. The studio system at its height spawned a roster of legendary names known for their sartorial skill, from Adrian to Edith Head. SIFF's summer repertory series spans the decades, returning six landmark films to the big screen, making them available to view through the prism of extraordinary costume design. Come see a host of Hollywood stars dressed to the nines, Saturdays at one at the SIFF Cinema Uptown.

All films in the series will be hosted by Rosemarie and Vince Keenan, who under the pen name Renee Patrick, write the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award nominated mystery novels featuring costume designer Edith Head. They have introduced films on Turner Classic Movies and at the Noir City Film Festivals at both SIFF and in Los Angeles.

  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Principal Cast: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1954
  • Running Time: 112 minutes
  • Screenplay: John Michael Hayes
  • Cinematographers: Robert Burks
  • Language: English
  • Rating: PG