American Cinematographer (1990) - Letters: Rear Window
- letter: Letters: Rear Window
- author(s): Tim Hodge
- journal: American Cinematographer (01/Apr/1990)
- issue: volume 71, issue 4, page 10
- journal ISSN: 0002-7928
- publisher: American Society of Cinematographers
- keywords: Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Shopping for Death, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV), Alfred Hitchcock, American Cinematographer (1990) - Hitchcock's Techniques Tell Rear Window Story, David Atkinson, Ray Bradbury, Rear Window (1954)
I first saw Rear Window during its 1983 release (I wasn't around for the first release). About a week before, I had seen an old episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents which was based on a Ray Bradbury story. Its plot concerned the statistic that murders drastically increase when the temperature hits 92 degrees.
In Atkinson's description of Rear Window's opening camera move he failed to mention a small item of importance that the camera caught an outdoor thermometer reading just over 92 degrees.
Maybe this is coincidental and insignificant. At any rate, it is definitely a mark of Mr. Hitchcock's stunning eye for detail.
— Tim Hodge, San Antonio, Texas