(Kansas City, Missouri) - Confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg and completely bored, a photojournalist (James Stewart) uses his telephoto lens to eavesdrop on his neighbors on a block of NYC's Greenwich Village.
But what seems like an innocent (or maybe not so innocent) pastime turns deadly when he uncovers evidence of a possible murder, and finds his life and that of his girlfriend (Grace Kelly) threatened.
Widely regarded as Alfred Hitchcock's best film, Rear Window (1954) screens on Sunday, March 24, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch as part of the Movies That Matter film series.
Introductory and closing remarks are provided by Robert W. Butler, for more than 40 years film critic of The Kansas City Star and now a member of the Library's public affairs staff.
Rear Window is thrilling and subversively funny, thanks to Hitch's creepy-clever sense of humor.
But it's also prophetic. Forty years before the arrival of "reality television," Hitchcock addressed the idea of audience members as voyeurs. He realized early on that thanks to modern entertainment technology (TV was in its infancy when Rear Window was made), we all have the potential to become peeping toms, staring boldly into our neighbor's windows (metaphorically, anyway) to soak up the private moments of strangers.
Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.
Other titles in the series:
April 7: Wings of Desire (1987)
April 21: Singin' in the Rain (1952)
May 5: Sunset Boulevard (1950)
May 19: Metropolis (1927)