Friday, September 13, 2013

Hitchcock's "Rear Window" Featured Film in Ludlow Oct 21

Hitchcock's "Rear Window" Featured Film in Ludlow Oct 21

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FOLA, in collaboration with the Friends of Fletcher Memorial Library, will present Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" on Saturday, September 21 at 7 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium. 

Rear Window is a 1954 American suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, written by John Michael Hayes and based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story "It Had to Be Murder". Originally released by Paramount Pictures, the film stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr. The film is considered by many filmgoers, critics and scholars to be one of Hitchcock's best.

After breaking his leg photographing a racetrack accident, professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jefferies (James Stewart) is confined in his Greenwich Village apartment, using a wheelchair while he recuperates. His rear window looks out onto a small courtyard and several other apartments. During a summer heat wave, he passes the time by watching his neighbors, who keep their windows open to stay cool. The tenants he can see include a dancer he nicknames "Miss Torso", a lonely woman he nicknames "Miss Lonelyheart", a pianist, several married couples, a middle-aged sculptor, and Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr), a traveling jewelry salesman with a bedridden wife.

These a just a few of the "neighborly" scenes Jeff observes. The scenes become more intense and threatening after he hears a woman's scream. Slowly, but surely, the viewer is drawn into Jeff's view of his neighbor's through his "Rear Window". The climax is something that only Hitchcock could imagine and create.

The movie is free; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be provided by Berkshire Bank, water by FOLA. For information, call 802-228-2414 or visit FOLA's web site at

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