Study Guide

Rear Window Setting

Setting

New York City

We spend the whole of the movie in Jeff's small apartment somewhere in Greenwich Village, New York City. This isn't a mistake. Hitchcock really wants to put us in his protagonist's shoes, and the camera never leaves his apartment because Jeff can't, which limits the film to one room and the view out of his rear window.

Here's a cool article from the New York Post that takes us on a tour of the actual apartment and neighboring buildings that inspired the setting. Check out our "Production Design" section for more on how Hitchcock built an entire neighborhood on the Paramount soundstage.

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