Rear Window, 1954
visit the film locations
Los Angeles: Flights: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Paramount Studio, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
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Rear Window film location: the Paramount lot, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood
As a Hitchcock favourite, I suppose Rear Window has to be mentioned, if only to record the unsurprising fact that there are no real locations to see.
It’s set in 'Greenwich Village', New York, but the movie was shot entirely on a gigantic set built at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.
Hitchcock loved technical challenges (Lifeboat, set in a single boat; Rope, shot in one ‘unbroken’ take on a single set). The simple setting of one apartment block required the building of one of the largest indoor sets then constructed in Hollywood.
Too large for the soundstage, in fact. As it was impossible to build higher, the studio floor was removed to allow the necessary height.
Of the 31 apartments which can be seen from the window of photographer Jeffries (James Stewart), twelve were fully furnished.