Rear Window is a 1954 American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 short story “It had to be murder“, in which a wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. The film stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr. It was screened at the 1954 Venice Film Festival. The film was shot entirely at Paramount studios, including an enormous set on one of the soundstages. There was also careful use of sound, including natural sounds and music drifting across the apartment building courtyard to James Stewart’s apartment. The film is considered by many filmgoers, critics and scholars to be one of Hitchcock’s best and one of the greatest movies ever made.