Rear Window is one of my favorite Hitchcock films. I've always been mesmerized by the life of the courtyard in the community. It reminds me a lot of the apartment I had while living in Savannah, GA a few years ago. My patio butted-up against my back-neighbor's deck. He often played his trumpet with his windows open. The sound would trickle in through my open windows. It was so soothing and comforting to hear. Living in older apartments, where you can hear your neighborhood noises, you lose comforts like temperature control, but gain a sense of community.
And why all this rambling about the Rear Window courtyard? Well, Jeff Desom has lovingly pasted together all of the courtyard scenes from Rear Window so you view all the actions in chronological order. (See above) How the heck was he able to accomplish this? Desom explains that “[s]ince everything was filmed from pretty much the same angle I was able to match them into a single panoramic view of the entire backyard without any greater distortions.”
It is an amazing sequence that I can watch over and over again. I hope you enjoy viewing i to. (Via The Atlantic)