Nice Rear

There's P.O.V., and then there's P.O.V., and when it comes to a discussion about the best use of P.O.V. by a director, nine outta 10 times, Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window will win the prize hands down. We all know the story: Jimmy Stewart plays a man immobilized by a broken leg, forced to stare out his window for seven weeks, studying the habits of his Greenwich Village apartment neighbors as if they were carpenter ants and he an entomologist. He sees something out of sorts, evidence of a murder, maybe? Enter his gal, portrayed, of course, by Hitchcock's obsession, Grace Kelly. She is deliciously smart-ass, a bright female co-protagonist in an era when there were few, and she refuses to buy her beau's theory that someone has killed his neighbor. We see the tale unfold almost entirely from Stewart's perspective; on a surface level, that tale is a delight. On a deeper one, it's a comment on feral human fear and the interworkings of man's brain. The Lone Star Film Society screens Rear Window 7 p.m. Wednesday (cash bar begins in the lobby at 6:15 p.m.) at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. For tickets and info, call 817-735-1117 or visit
Wed., March 21, 7 p.m.
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Jonanna Widner
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