...A macabre Hitchcockian visual study of obsessive human curiosity.
"Rear Window" is a 1954 American suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock written byJohn Michael Hayes and based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story "It Had to Be Murder".The film stars James Stewart as a photographer who spies on his neighbors while recuperating from a brokenleg;Grace Kelly as his girlfriend; Thelma Ritter as his nurse; Wendell Core as a police detective; and Raimond Burr as one of the neighbors.
I am going to analyse the focalisation and the ideology inthe film anyway i am going to concentrate in the character of Jefferies; As the movie develops we can see different ways of life,a young couple,a middle-aged marriage,a ballet dancer etc.. In theshot,the beginning of the film,i am going to analyse the differents subjects/point of views shot.This means that Jefferies is really gossip because he's invalid and the only thing that he could do in thattime is gossiping his neighbors.There is always internal focalization and for this reason we can see the reactions of the characters and as the movie develops i think that we are more interesting toknow if wife's Thorwald was killed by her husband,mister Thorwald or maybe she's alive,but finally we know she's dead.
I think that Rear Window is a voyeuristic film. As Stella (Thelma Ritter) tellsJeff, "We've become a race of Peeping Toms." This applies equally to the cinema as well as to real life. Stella invokes the specifically sexual pleasures of looking that is identified as exemplary ofclassical Hollywood. The majority of the film is seen through Jeff's visual point of view and his mental perspective. Stella's words sum up Hitchcock's broader project as film maker, namely, toimplicate us as spectators. While Jeff is watching the rear window people, we too are being "peeping toms" as we watch him, and the people he watches as well.
As a voyeuristic society, we take...