Director: Alfred Hitchock.
Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr. USA 1954. 112 mins.
When James Stewart’s photojournalist is confined to his apartment with a broken leg in a sweltering summer in New York, he begins to observe constantly the lives of those around him. Passive activity evolves into voyeuristic obsession, until he thinks he has witnessed a murder… One of Hitchcock’s most celebrated and morally complex films, with the camera restrained as tightly as the incapacitated protagonist and aligned to his privileged and restricted point of view. Mordant wit, nail-biting suspense and a gallery of superb performances, not least from Raymond Burr as the victimised murderer across the way.
Graced with passionate performances and featuring one of the greatest kisses in cinema history, this classic romantic espionage thriller is amongst Hitchcock’s very finest.
At the end of World War II, American military intelligence drafts the alluring daughter (Bergman) of a convicted Nazi to infiltrate a band of nefarious Germans who have fled to Brazil.
She is teamed with a dashing but chilly agent (Grant) with whom she falls deeply in love. Because of her past, however, the rigid and judgemental agent refuses to trust her - and their relationship falls apart completely when she agrees to marry the ringleader of the Germans in order to have better access to information.
Suspenseful to the very end, the film has been beautifully restored by the British Film Institute.