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Film Analysis: Rear Window

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Rear Window represents a climate of Cold war anxiety for it investigates the politics of suspicion and government infringement of privacy. This is conveyed through multiple imaginary frames that are subject to distrustful misreading’s symptomatic of the cold war context. Furthermore the question of invading and observing the private lives of others, is highly contemporary in that the film takes place at a historical moment where American-Soviet tensions have fostered a climate of intense suspicion and anxiety about the spread of communism. Rear Window also focuses on the personal and political ramifications of the era. Emerging from a culture of McCarthyism, the film’s focus on surveillance illustrates anxieties about foreign infiltration
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