Hitchcock’s Classic ‘Rear Window’ Opening

Rear Window (1954) | Alfred Hitchcock

Widely considered as a masterpiece and the epitome of a visual narrative; this intro sequence not only transcended the motion picture capture of spaces, it also created a sense of mystery that set the tone for the plot.

It gently gives you a glimpse into everyone’s life in an old residential quarter, and incites a eerie thrill in the viewer.

The sequence is made up of slow pans from one shot to the other while jumping from close-ups to wide angles. In short, this sequence captures everyday life without giving anything away; it sets everyone up for a major twist, or perhaps not. It’s simply the genius of Alfred Hitchcock.