I have not seen any of Hitchcock’s movies so far though I wanted to since long. So, when I saw this movie in the LAN, I was all too eager to watch it. I have a brief idea of the story before. That is also one reason for this curiosity about the movie. Well, despite being one of the slowest movies I have ever seen, it is one of those thrilling ones, which are able to maintain the grip till the end. In brief, it is the story of Jeff, who watches the happenings in an apartment, from his rear window.
After I fell in love with “stream of consciousness”, I don’t understand whether I am seeing all the things in that way or in what all I saw are specific cases. Well, I can’t resist saying that this movie and its taking reminded me of “stream of consciousness” or “chaitanya sravanti” or whatever name you prefer to call it. The flow was perfect. Never in recent past did i sit continously for 1 hr 54 min to watch a movie completely, except ofcourse in theatre (even there, there is an interval).
I feel the element of thrill increased because of the slow pace of the movie. The dialogues are something which I liked very very much apart from the screenplay. They were witty and at places sarcastic, both of which I love a lot. For example, the nurse Stella comments on Jeff peeping in to others private lives through his window saying:
” let people get out of their own houses and peep in, for a change” 🙂
I don’t know even a single actor actress there and I don’t want to. But, Jeff looked really great …. as far as the expressions, both facial and vocal are concerned. Stella, I liked the conversations between Jeff and Stella a lot. If u speak in terms of a story line, in this kind of stories, what is to be said takes a back seat. How is it said takes the driver’s seat. Well, anyways, its a simple story. Jeff keeps watching a man and his wife. One day he notices the man’s suspicious behavior and from then on, we don’t see his wife. Jeff suspects a murder, and no body believes him. Rest of the story goes in his attempt to convince his frend Doyle that what he is saying is true. His Fiancee Lisa and his nurse Stella assist him in his search.
The way Lisa and Stella get obsessed with Jeff’s obsession is well presented. Ofcourse, the way we get obsessed with the common motive of proving the man as a murderer cannot be described. It can only be felt. 😉 For the first part of the movie, I liked the dialogue part very much. There are some moments where I went back and listened to them once again, only to enjoy encore. But, as time passed, and the story began taking us with it, I became as immersed as Jeff,Stella and Lisa. Luckily, there is no need of panting,unable to keep up with the pace as this is a slow one. Don’t laugh. It happens with some movies……every thing goes too fast to understand.
Though this is the main story, the stories of different characters in the neighbourhood too come in and go out. This resembles the free flow of thoughts in one’s mind, free flow of life on the universe and my favorite topic: stream of consciousness 🙂 Finally, an interesting movie. Keeps you glued to the screen till the end, if not right from the beginning.