Most Romantic Moment #11
Rear Window (1954)
So I know you are probably thinking:
An Alfred Hitchcock movie as romantic? Well, keep reading and you will see.
L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies (Jimmy Stewart) is a magazine photographer and has traveled everywhere and photographed everything taking risks to get all kinds of thrilling shots. One such amazing photo caused him to break his leg so now he sits at home recuperating. Not one to enjoy idle time, he looks out the rear window of his apartment and glances the lives of others.
He starts watching one neighbor closely, and the strange way he is acting, believing that he murdered his wife.
He gets his girlfriend and nurse to help him investigate. But will this stay a simple amusement or turn deadly?
Most Romantic Moment: I Won’t Let You Get Away
So throughout the whole film Jeff and his girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) are in a conflict. She wants to get married, but Jeff doesn’t think they are right for each other. She’s a Park Avenue princess who can afford to spend thousands of dollars on dresses she’ll wear once. He a humble photographer who treks the globe living out of a suitcase.
Lisa has tried to convince him it could be otherwise, but no dice.
Jeff: She’s too perfect, she’s too talented, she’s too beautiful, she’s too sophisticated, she’s too everything but what I want.
Stella: Is, um, what you want something you can discuss?
If you look at all her clothes they are expensive, feminine, something you can’t really do something in but just look pretty. That is until the end. After Jeff just accusing her of being fluff and having no substance-she proves her verve and that she is of sterner stuff by going in and investigating the man they suspect of murder in order to find evidence.
And at the end we see her in something very different.
We have seen that Lisa is someone who can keep up with Jeff and as classiq says, “the casual outfit Lisa wears at the end of the movie was Hitchcock’s way to suggest she was the sporty type, Jeff’s type, after all.”
If a women like that is willing to go from her amazing frothy creations to something like loafers, jeans, and a shirt-you know she loves you.
To start Romance is in the Air: Part V, go to Who Says I Have to Stop: Fireproof (2008)
For the previous post, go to I Won’t Let You Get Away: Holiday Inn (1942)
For more Alfred Hitchcock, go to I Would Suffer Anything to Save You: Under Capricorn (1949)
For more Grace Kelly, go to The Perfect Murder: Dial “M” for Murder (1954)
For more Jimmy Stewart, go to With a Little Luck of the Irish: 17 More Irish Heroes