(August 24, 2015 – Toronto, ON) Alfred Hitchcock’s wicked and mesmerizing thriller Rear Window has been selected to kick off the fifth anniversary celebrations for Cineplex’s Classic Film Series. Two free screenings will take place on September 13 and 21, 2015, but note: tickets are now available in-person only at participating theatre box offices. Rear Window was released in 1954 and has been called a “Hitchcockian visual study of obsessive human curiosity and voyeurism.” The screenplay was based on an original 1942 short story or novelette, It Had to Be Murder. This film masterpiece was made entirely on one confined set built at Paramount Studios. The set was composed of 32 apartments, 12 of them completely furnished, arranged around a courtyard. The setting was a non-existent address in Manhattan. Led by star James Stewart, who is confined to a wheelchair and uses his high-power binoculars to look into the apartments and lives of other tenants, costars included Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey and Raymond Burr in the role Lars Thorwald, a traveling jewelry salesman with a bedridden wife.
The selection is perfect for the Classic Film Series, because Read Window is truly a classic and one of Hitchcock`s best. The series gives film fans an opportunity to see their favourite movies on the big screen – often for the first time! In addition to the free screenings, every month Cineplex will present an acclaimed and must see classic movie, including one of the greatest in American cinema Mr. Smith Goes to Washington starring Jimmy Stewart (October); the definitive Frank Sinatra musical Pal Joey in honour of Sinatra’s centennial (November); the beloved holiday tradition It’s a Wonderful Life (December), which also stars Jimmy Stewart, and the charming Billy Wilder romantic comedy Sabrina starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden (January). “Five years ago we launched this series with an undisputed masterpiece, Casablanca, and ever since have presented films that have stood the test of time and continue to surprise and inspire filmlovers of all ages,” said Brad LaDouceur, Vice President, Event Cinema, Cineplex Entertainment. “I highly encourage everyone to catch these classics on the big screen as they were meant to be seen.” For a list of participating theatres visit Cineplex.com/ClassicFilms. All other Classic Film Series tickets are $6.00. Images Copyright, Paramount Pictures.