Due to my father’s influence I am a fan of mysteries—both books and film. It is said that an exegete’s favorite genre is mystery because they are people drawn to puzzles. However, most puzzles that are presented on the screen bore me. They are too easy to figure out, or they spell out too much, telling us what they should just be showing us (my biggest problem with the film Inception last year).
Rear Window, however, is perfect. Not only does it have my favorite actor (James Stewart), one of the most beautiful actresses of all time (Grace Kelly) and an amazing character actor (Thelma Ritter), but it is Hitchcock’s best directed film. There are so many windows to distract us, so many questions, so many reasonable doubts, not only is it a great film, but it is a great mystery. Such a joy to behold.