Facts about Rear Window by Madeleine Petti

"Rear Window" is a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the novel "It Had to Be Murder" by Cornell Woolrich. The story is about a photographer who, after breaking his leg, starts spying on his neighbors out of boredom and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

The movie was shot at Paramount Studios, where a massive apartment block was built to replicate a courtyard in Greenwich Village. The set was so realistic that the apartments had working electricity and running water, and could theoretically be lived in.

All music and sounds in the film were diegetic in nature.

In order to portray a natural looking day to night cycle, the set had four different setups, meant to simulate early morning, afternoon, late evening, and night. The heat of the lights was apparently so hot it once set off the studio's sprink.

The set was built with a massive drainage system, in order to accommodate the rain sequences in the film.

To accommodate this giant set, Hitchcock had his crew tear out the studio's floor. What we see as the courtyard in the movie is actually the studio's basement.

I would never be able to make something like this, though I can admire how much effort it must have taken. I could theoretically create something similar on the computer, but it wouldn't require nearly as much effort as all of the crew members on this set must have had to exert.

I, personally, find this set fascinating. This movie was made long before CG or computer animation, and with those things available today, something like this would never be made in modern day. The amazing detail of this set shows how devoted Hitchcock was to making this movie as realistic and engaging as possible. It inspires me to work hard and someday create something just as amazing as this.

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