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A masterpiece from every angle!
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2020
This movie is revered by fans whether they are devotees of Hitchcock's pantheon or not. It is singularly an excellent example of his mastery of the craft that built the reputation. One bit of detail that typifies Hitch's attention to all of it is the opening scene when Grant and "his secretary" catch the cab at the corner of E60th and Madison (you can see the street sign in the frame when they board the taxi) and as they ride, the rear window route image--which you know was a montage projected behind the actors in a set of a Hollywood studio--shows the precise route a cab would have taken across E60th, by the Central Park Zoo, onto 59th Street to make the u-turn to drop Grant off at the door of the Plaza Hotel! Who else but Hitch would even bother to pay such precise attention to something that even most New Yorkers would not have caught in the film!
Add to that accuracy the precise timing, editing, riveting plot, and scene stealing performances, and you have one of the greatest movies of all time. The pièce de résistance is undoubtedly Bernard Hermann's bravura overture, which I have heard performed brilliantly live in concert where not only the audience was transported, but the orchestra was as well! This man set the standard for Hollywood film craft against which we still measure movies today.