Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The Real "Rear Window" Courtyard
To mark the 58th anniversary of John Michael Hayes beginning work on Rear Window I decided to visit the actual Greenwich Village courtyard that was used as the model for the spectacular set of that was built on Paramount's Stage 18. Here you will how the architectual details and the proximity to the neighborhood police precinct inspired the setting and were incorporated into the set sketches, the finished film, and how this location has inspired other filmmakers to use the spot as well. Of course, full details on the writing and production of Rear Window and the selection of this location are in Writing with Hitchcock.