RL library to show suspense movie

The Lakeview Community Library, 112 Butler St. in Random Lake, will show the 1949 movie, The Window, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.

Rodney Schroeter, staff writer for The Review and editor of The Current, a free newspaper distributed monthly The Review and available at several locations in the area, will introduce the movie, which is 1 hour and 13 minutes long.

Several things make this movie worthwhile.

First, it’s powerfully suspenseful. In fact, this film could be too intense for children in age roughly ten or under. The character in peril in the story is a young boy—and if it can happen to him, a kid watching this could easily imagine it happening to him/her.

Second, if you view this film as a photographic document of city life at the time, you’ll enjoy it that much more. The big-city lifestyle is not for everyone within The Review’s typical readership. But the endless rooftops, the condemned buildings where the kids play, the fire-escape culture—it all takes the viewer to a place that few rooted Wisconsinites have been to.

Third, mention must be made of the writer whose story this movie is based on. That author is Cornell Woolrich.

Woolrich wrote short stories and novels of suspense, several of which have been adapted into films. The Window is based on a short story by Woolrich called “The Boy Cried Murder,” first published in a 1947 pulp magazine, and reprinted several times thereafter (at least once, under a different title—“Fire Escape”).

Another of Woolrich’s stories became the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Rear Window, the story of which might sound similar to that of The Window.

Woolrich was a master at starting a story with perfectly routine events. But events in those stories soon started spinning into nightmare situations, all the more terrifying because they were so believable.

Admission to this movie is free.

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