Today’s Birthdays: May 20th

Happy Birthday Today: David Proval, Bronson Pinchot, Michaela McManus, Cher, Jimmy Stewart, Tony Goldwyn, Matt Czuchry, Timothy Olyphant, Jack Gleeson

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Happy Birthday: James Stewart (1908–1997)

jamesstewartHappy Birthday actor James Stewart

Born: James Maitland Stewart
May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA

Died: July 2, 1997 (age 89) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Read reviews of the best of the actor:

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOUYou Can’t Take it With You
1938
dir. by Frank Capra
starring
Jean Arthur
Jimmy Stewart

MR SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTONMr. Smith Goes to Washington
1939
dir. Capra
starring
Jimmy Stewart
Jean Arthur

The Philadelphia StoryThe Philadelphia Story
1940
dir. George Cukor
Starring
Cary Grant
Katharine Hepburn
Stewart

The Shop Around the CornerThe Shop Around the Corner
1940
dir. Ernst Lubitsch
Cast
Margaret Sullavan
James Stewart

RopeRope
1948
dir. by Alfred Hitchcock
starring
Jimmy Stewart
John Dall

HARVEYHarvey
1950
dir. Henry Koster
Cast
James Stewart
Josephine Hull

WINCHESTER 73Winchester 73
1950
dir. Anthony Mann
Cast
James Stewart
Shelly Winters

Rear WindowRear Window
1954
dir. by Alfred Hitchcock
starring
Jimmy Stewart
Grace Kelly

Anatomy of a MurderTo Man Who Knew Too Much
1956
dir. by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring
Jimmy Stewart
Doris Day

VertigoVertigo
1958
dir. by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring
Jimmy Stewart
Kim Novak

BELL BOOK AND CANDLEBell Book and Candle
1958
dir. Richard Quine
starring
James Stewart
Kim Novak
Jack Lemmon

AIRPORT 77Airport 1977
1977
dir. Jerry Jameson
Cast
Jack Lemmon
Brenda Vaccaro

Anatomy of a MurderAnatomy of a Murder
1959
dir. by Otto Preminger
Starring
Jimmy Stewart
Ben Gazzara

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCEThe Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
1962
dir. John Ford
starring
Jimmy Stewart
John Wayne

Dear BrigitteDear Brigitte
1965
dir. by Henry Koster
starring
Jimmy Stewart
Fabian

FIRECREEKFirecreek
1968
dir. Vincent McEveety
Cast
James Stewart
Henry Fonda

MOVIE POSTERIT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
1946
dir. Frank Capra
Stars:
James Stewart
Donna Reed

MOVIE POSTERTHE STRATTON STORY
1949
dir. Sam Wood
Stars:
James Stewart
June Allyson

SEE TOP 100 JIMMY STEWART PHOTOS

and Alfred Hitchcock

and Audrey Hepburn

and Carole Lombard

and Cary Grant

and Dean Martin

and Dog Beau

and Donna Reed

and Doris Day

and George C. Scott

and Ginger Rogers

and Gloria Stewart

and Grace Kelly

and Harvey

and Henry Fonda

and Jean Arthur

and John Wayne

and Johnny Carson

and Judy Garland

and June Allyson

and Katharine Hepburn

and Kim Novak

and Margarat Sullavan

and Marlene Dietrich

and Maureen O’Hara

and Olivia de Havilland

and Wife

as George Bailey

as Tony Kirby

Eyes

Face

in After The Thin Man

in Anatomy of a Murder

in Bandolero

in Bell Book and Candle

in Bend of the River

in Born to Dance

in Broken Arrow

in Call Northside 777

in Carbine Williams

in Cheyenne Autumn

in Come Live With Me

in Dear Brigitte

in Destry Rides Again

in Greatest Show on Earth

in Harvey

in How the West Was Won

in It’s a Wonderful Life

in Made for Each Other

in Magic Town

in Malaya

in Mr. Hobbs Take A Vacation

in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

in Navy Blue and Gold

in Next Time We Love

in Night Passage

in No Highway in the Sky

in No Time For Comedy

in Of Human Hearts

in On Our Merry Way

in Pot O Gold

in Rear Window

in Rope

in Rose-Marie

in Seventh Heaven

in Shenandoah

in Small Town Girl

in Speed

in Strategic Air Command

in Take Her She’s Mine

in The Far Country

in FBI Story

in The Glenn Miller Story

in The Gorgeous Hussy

in The Ice Follies

in The Jackpot

in The Last Gangster

in The Man From Laramie

in The Man Who Knew Too Much

in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence

in The Mortal Storm

in The Murder Man

in The Naked Spur

in The Philadelphia Story

in The Shootist

in The Shop Around the Corner

in The Shopworn Angel

in The Spirit of St. Louis

in The Stratton Story

in Thunder Story

in Two Rode Together

in Vertigo

in Vivacious Lady

in Wife vs Secretary

in Winchester 73

in Wonderful World

in You Can’t Take It With You

in You Gotta Stay Happy

in Ziegfeld Girl

Kissing Scene

Life Magazine

Movie Review: Rear Window (1954) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

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REAR WINDOW MOVIE POSTER
REAR WINDOW, 1954
Movie Reviews

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly
Review by Matthew Toffolo

SYNOPSIS:

The adventuresome free-lance photographer L.B (Jeff) Jeffries (Jimmy Stewart) finds himself confined to a wheelchair in his tiny apartment while a broken leg mends. With only the occasional distraction of a visiting nurse and his frustrated love interest (Grace Kelly), a beautiful fashion consultant, his attention is naturally drawn to the courtyard outside his “rear window” and the occupants of the apartment buildings which surround it. Soon he is consumed by the private dramas of his neighbors lives which play themselves out before his eyes.

REVIEW:

“We’ve become a race of Peeping Toms.” says Stella, the every day nurse who’s taking care of L.B. while he’s chair ridden with a broken leg. L.B. is a type-A personality, always looking for then next adventure. He’s now stuck in his apartment for months and needs to do something. So he takes to spying on his neighbors across the street in their apartments. And this is when he notices something suspicious. A man’s wife has suddenly disappeared.

This is a film with plots and themes that still hold true to today. In fact so true Hollywood decided to make a quasi remake of this film called DISTURBIA, a huge hit in the spring of 2007. Instead of the middle aged man spying on the city life, that film was about a teenage kid spying on the Suburban world.

If America became a race of Peeping Toms in 1954, I guess in 2007 it was still going strong. Society is all about wanting to know what others are doing as one prime example of that is the still popular Reality TV programs. It’s curiosity at its core. It’s why we watch movies, TV and listen to the radio. As we live our life, we entertain ourselves by watching and hearing stories about what others are doing.

For the Jimmy Stewart character, he needs to fill his usual quota of being entertained. So the only way he can do it with his confinement is to watch the neighbors. If it was 10 years later, he probably would of just gotten hooked on the day time Soaps. In 1954 he’s hooked on the people living in the apartment across the street from him. It’s what he needs to do to get by.

Visiting him often is Lisa, his love interest who wants him to settle down and be her man. He’s not that type of guy and that’s there conflict. She loves him but doesn’t love or understand the way he lives his life. He’s the journalist always living in a suitcase hoping from town to town wherever the story is. Even when he’s locked up in his apartment, he needs to find his story. She tries to take advantage of him being in just the one place to convince him to settle down, but he’s not interested in her as he wants to know what the neighbors are doing.

What happens is what happens in any situation where the dominant personality is around. She’s taken into his world and his obsessions and soon she also become infatuated with what happened with the neighbors wife. An the mutual adventure begins all in a room in an apartment building.

Alfred Hitchcock is a master of suspense. This time he must capture the suspense with just a man looking through windows with his binoculars. And he does it masterfully. Any up and coming filmmakers should take a look at this film and see how much excitement can be built with so little. And we’re completely involved on these people and their relationship with one another. As they spy on the neighbors, Hitchcock films it in the voyeuristic way like we’re spying on them. So as they feel guilty for spying, we the audience can’t help but feel a tad guilty too because we’re just as interested as they are and we want them to keep going.

Films made in Hollywood today can’t be as subtle and leisurely as this film is. A great example to see how movies has changed (in a good or bad way is your interpretation) is to watch this film and then watch Disturbia. The film’s plot is basically the same but the scenes are filmed to give the audience its suspense is completely different. It’s just the way it is now.

Hitchcock made Thriller/Suspense movies, but he also essentially made dramas, comedies and character studies too. You leave Rear Window knowing exactly what happened and knowing exactly who these characters were. Without revealing any of the major plot, the film ends exactly like it started. Another adventure has happened and the two leads are still faced with the same conflict. These are characters who didn’t have a life altering experience. It’s business as usual for them. Hollywood these days seems to always want to tell do or die stories where the characters will never be the same again. That’s fine, but it’s also refreshing to watch films like these where movies are reality mixed in with a lot of drama.

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