Rear Window script
Rear Window (1954)
Synopsis: Rear Window is a 1954 American Technicolor 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". Originally released by Paramount Pictures, the film stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr. It was screened at the 1954 Venice Film Festival.

THE CAMERA NOW MOVES DOWN toward the left onto another low

building. It MOVES IN A LITTLE to a living room window. Just

inside the windowsill, a small fan is oscillating. The fan

sits on the right side of the table, and to the left of it

is an automatic toaster.

Behind the toaster stands a full-bodied young woman,

apparently wearing only a pair of black panties. Her stomach,

navel, and the lower part of her chest are naked. Just below

her breasts, the curtain, partly drawn, has thrown a deep

shadow which extends upward, hiding her breasts, shoulders

and head. Two pieces of toast pop up in the toaster. She

takes them out, butters them. Then she turns around and bends

over another table on which stands an automatic coffee-maker.

She picks up the coffee-maker, and swings back to the table

to sit down. She does this so deftly that her breasts are

never exposed, but hidden by the fan as she sits down. The

fan moves back and forth as she pours coffee, far enough to

reveal that she wears no bra, but not far enough to fulfill

the exciting promise of her lack of clothes.

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John Michael Hayes

John Michael Hayes (11 May 1919 – 19 November 2008) was an American screenwriter, who scripted several of Alfred Hitchcock's films in the 1950s. more…

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