Movie Review : Rear Window

1083 Words Mar 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Both films in this comparison are considered historically brilliant, which can be attested to their styles, creative genius, social themes and context, all of which have held up against time. Both films are incredible in their individual rights as well, certifying themselves as films that won’t be forgotten, and even defining aspects of filmmaking for works to follow. Despite their differences in story and appearance, there is a particular likeness in their exploration of characters that makes these films so alike. Both films have interesting characters that lead the story, and both Kazan and Hitchcock take advantage of that by allowing those characters to provide depth to their respective worlds.
Rear Window, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and released on August 1st, 1954 follows a newspaper photographer with a broken leg, who passes time recuperating by observing his neighbors through his window. He sees what he believes to be a murder, and decides to solve the crime himself (but with the help of his nurse and girlfriend, of course). On The Waterfront, directed by Elia Kazan and released on the 28th July, 1954 follows Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando), a dock worker stuck under the thumb of the powerful local mob boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb). When a longshoreman is murdered before he can testify about Friendly 's control of the Hoboken waterfront, Terry (feeling guilty for his death), teams up with the dead man 's sister Edie and the streetwise priest Father Barry to…
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