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EC-CHAP Sunday Afternoon Film Series: "Rear Window" (PG). 1954.

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EC-CHAP Sunday Afternoon Film Series: "Rear Window" (PG). 1954.


Rear Window (1954) is a mystery thriller classic directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes. The film stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr.

In short, the movie is about "a wheelchair-bound photographer (who) spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder." (IMDb)

This classic film was nominated for four oscars including Best Director (Alfred Hitchcock), Best Writing, Screenplay (John Michael Hayes), Best Cinematography, Color (Robert Burks), and Best Sound, Recording (Loren L. Ryder).

Roger Ebert's review concludes, "This level of danger and suspense is so far elevated above the cheap thrills of the modern slasher films that "Rear Window," intended as entertainment in 1954, is now revealed as art. Hitchcock long ago explained the difference between surprise and suspense. A bomb under a table goes off, and that's surprise. We know the bomb is under the table but not when it will go off, and that's suspense. Modern slasher films depend on danger that leaps unexpectedly out of the shadows. Surprise. And surprise that quickly dissipates, giving us a momentary rush but not satisfaction. "Rear Window" lovingly invests in suspense all through the film, banking it in our memory, so that when the final payoff arrives, the whole film has been the thriller equivalent of foreplay". - Roger Ebert

"It's one of Alfred Hitchcock's inspired audience-participation films: watching it, you feel titillated, horrified, and, ultimately, purged". -Michael Sragow, New Yorker

"Just possibly the second most entertaining picture (after The 39 Steps) ever made by Alfred Hitchcock". -TIME Magazine

This film is a part of the EC-CHAP Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. All donations from the viewing of this film go to support EC-CHAP operation and program offerings. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit

Suggested donation $5.00. Cabaret and group seating. Doors 2:30pm / Show 3:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" TM model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

 Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

The Packing House  |  156 River Road, Suite 1301Willington, Connecticut 06279  |  (518)791-9474