Rear Window Argues that people should mind their own business. Do you agree? Rear Window, a 1954 romance/murder-mystery by the renowned golden age director Alfred Hitchcock, is a film that explores a multitude of themes and genres through the voyeuristic gaze of protagonist L.B. Jefferies. Jefferies, or ‘Jeff’ as he commonly known throughout the film, is a middle-aged bachelor recently hospitalised due to his high-risk career as a photojournalist. This hindered condition serves as an important foundation on which the movie is built upon as Jeff’s forced lifestyle being in a wheelchair causes an abrupt stop in his usual high intensity way of life and causes him to quench his boredom in other ways, predominantly watching the other residents in his apartment complex through the ‘rear window’ of his apartment. Observing the events that happen in the privacy of each of his neighbours’ apartments is certainly not minding one’s business but Jeff continues to do so anyway and ends up in all …show more content…
Another of Lars’ exploits within the movie was the smothering of an innocent dog owned by one of Jeff’s neighbours in the apartment complex in order to help keep any evidence of his murder to a minimum. In a very heartfelt scene the owner of the dog, distraught over her recent loss, cries into the night, admonishing her neighbours for their cruelty shouting ‘You don 't know the meaning of the word 'neighbours '! Neighbours like each other, speak to each other, care if somebody lives or dies!’. This strong line urges the audience into thinking about pushing past the ethical barrier of privacy and testing boundaries because, as shown by the film, a location in which people predominantly live in complete separation to one another isn’t quite the utopia one might set it out to be, and there very much are ill
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In Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates we get to see the author’s struggle of obtaining freedom from society even in millennial times because of his skin color. We learn through the letter written for his son that although times have changed many people still believe in the old ideas of race and hierarchy. Coates explains the different approaches he has to parenting compared to those of his father. His father use corporal punishment on Coates to keep him out of trouble or when he disobeyed the house rules, implemented by both of his parents, however, Coates decided violence is not the answer to solving problems and educating his children. He rather teach his son how to be a successful young black male even with all the stigma that
What all weird neighbors share in common is that they are acting “weird” to the standards of society. In this society having books is considered strange and illegal. Beatty, one of the firemen tries to convince the woman to leave the house by telling her "You know the law," said Beatty. "Where's your common sense? None of those books agree with each other.
The practice of voyeurism is a debatable subject often criticized negatively for its perverted motives. Yet, through both Woolrich’s “It had to be murder” and its film adaptation Rear Window, the reader can be led to see a celebration of voyeurism rather than a critique. Jeffries is indeed given the most reasonable excuses to stalk his neighbours as his cast takes away his freedom of movement and the murder he tries to solve also gives him more reasons to spy on his neighbours. However, Jeff is greatly saved from being entitled as a Peeping Tom by the coincidence of Thorwald’s wife’s murder. As a matter of a fact, the timing in which Jeff is stuck in a cast and the woman is murder is nothing but a coincidence, neither Hitchcock nor Woolrich
Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window has several themes. One major theme is relationships. The lead character, Jeff Jeffries, a photographer and committed bachelor, is involved in a relationship with Lisa Fremont, a model, although the relationship has some tension due to Jeff’s lack of commitment. When Jeff is confined to his apartment recovering from a broken leg, he begins spying through his rear window on his neighbors in a nearby apartment. Through her frequent visits, Lisa is drawn into this spying as well.
Alfred Hitchcock 's Rear Window explores the lives of those who feel isolated within society. The 1954 film, set in the tenements of Grenwich village, depicts those who are incapable of fitting into society 's expectations, as well as those who feel isolated from common interaction with others. Moreover, Hitchcock displays how its human nature to seek comfort and deeper connection even with those who are surrounded by others. Despite depicting characters as lonely, the progression of the film illustrates how individuals can be freed from isolation. The director asserts the loneliness and struggle that comes from fitting into social mores.
By realizing the similarities between himself and the Piano man, Jefferies is able to empathize with the piano man’s frustration instead of laughing at his pain. Requiring everyone to understand the day-to-day lives of everyone else on earth is of course absurd, but recognizing the similar qualities shared among all people reminds
As he sits there looking out the window for countless hours he is no longer interested in just his personal life but those around him. When observing even closer I realized that there is an explanation to the obsession Jeff has with looking out of the window. It is not directly stated in the film but when looking at the sorrroundings Jeff is surrounded by only the courtyard and a small alley way hince the reason why Jeff choices to take particular interests in looking at his neighbors. The lack of scenery and things to do makes me believe that Jeff is feeling trapped. The binoculars no longer act as just a viewing defice but a symbol for
The director makes the argument that unorthodox behavior is worse than murder to portray that unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of one person. Unorthodoxy is so dangerous for the reason that it threatens the whole society, it strikes at society itself (pg.148). D.C.H dislikes Bernard for Bernards heretical views on soma and sport, unorthodox sex life, and refusal to obey teaching of Ford. To humiliate Bernard D.C.H exposes Bernard. For instance, he states, “ this man who stands before you hear, this Alpha-Plus to whom so much has been given, and from whom, in consequence so much must be expected, this colleague of yours or should I anticipate and say this ex colleague?
In the book, it stated, “ And the neighbors were out, I mean people you never see, like the Grumpers, and old man Henderson, and Donnellys, and the old lady Messolini, and Jimmy’s family”(Grove 128). The difference is when he said that he never really sees his neighbors is different from me because I see my neighbors a lot. This is because in the summertime and it is hot outside my neighbors like to be outside and with me only having 3 neighbors and all of the problems we have to deal with I feel like we have been becoming more family friends than just neighbors while the way he talks about his neighbors it almost seems like he never really talks to them or sees
After hearing that his younger brother, Sonny, has been put in jail due to drug use, he remembers his childhood, and how they both never did really get along. Both Sonny and the narrator feel a sense of “darkness outside”, and this “darkness” is what creates the miscommunication between the brothers (Baldwin 338). Sonny changed his normality due to not being noticed during his childhood, and the drastic change causes the older brother to feel uncomfortable seeing his brother, because Sonny told him that “he was dead as far as [he] was concerned” (351). Their struggles caused them to lose contact, and to slowly build that invisible barrier between their
The film 'Rear Window' (1954), directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is an examination of voyeurism as a moral dilemma faced by both individuals in an ordinary neighbourhood, and by the Government during a time when suspicion and paranoia were rampant in America. Hitchcock's own view on the topic is not immediately clear; he presents the idea of spying on others in both a positive and negative light. In doing so, he may be commenting on the ambiguity of what is right or wrong in such circumstances. Rear Window is unique in its setting, and by allowing viewers a small glimpse into the lives of the neighbours by looking out Jeffries' apartment window, the director effectively creates a very tense situation. In this way, Hitchcock uses the ability to
With the help of their surviving children, the chirpy Ariel and the watchful, reserved Christy, they manage to charm their way past a suspicious immigration agent, who decides to believe that they are carefree vacationers rather than desperate migrants ( A.O. Scott). The family drive with wide-eyed wonder and awe, through the glistening lights in Times Square and arrive to a cavernous, battered walk-up apartment that is quickly spruced up with colourful paint and scavenged furniture. There is such a contrast to the idyllic images in The Quiet Man where we see Sean Thornton sat on a bridge admiring the gorgeous view of his native homeland as against the rough streets of New York. The neighbours appear to be ordinary folk, but most are addicts and hustlers. One, Mateo, who the girls meet one Halloween and befriends, seems to be dying of AIDS.
It is evident that individuals do not see it as their compulsion to see anyone but themselves. A frenchwoman in the neighborhood went as far as saying, ‘Let’s forget the whole thing. It is a quiet neighborhood, good to live in. What happened, happened’”(Rosenthal). This woman speaks as if nothing had happened.
It was a flat building,” are all his interpretations which are describing what exists in his life is very simple (the grid-like shape of the flats) and serves very little interest. But as the story progressives, details about the life of many of Jeffrey’s neighbors are revealed and show how they are being hidden by the apparent straightforward design and layout of the apartment complex. All in all, the setting is meticulously set which requires a little elaboration and thinking to reveal it’s true purpose - to mask significant and perhaps even dangerous parts of people's
Shutter Island, a psychological thriller, directed by Martin Scorsese incorporates techniques throughout to reveal the truth in Shutter Island. The film, based on a missing patient investigation, turns out as a cover up psychological experiment designed to bring Edward (Teddy) Daniels back to sanity concludes to be the truth. This essay discusses that by analysing certain scenes, including the opening scene, Teddy and Chuck addresses Dr Cawley, and whislt Teddy and Chuck interview the patients. These three scenes assist to expose Shutter Island through film techniques such as camera angle and mise en scene.