The Auteur In Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window

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Auteur is the french word for author and is a term given to those far and few between who were responsible for handling and directing most of, if not all post and prior production of a film, including techniques, advertising, and choice of cast. So much so that they are considered to be the "author" of the film. Alfred Hitchcock has no doubt left an indelible and engraved mark on all of cinematography as one of the most successful and influential auteurs of all time, as seen through the wide range of techniques Hitchcock employed throughout his films such as voyeurism, doubleness, and the famed magcuffin, as can clearly be seen in the film "Rear Window" as well as "Shadow of a Doubt". Hitchcock also showed immense dedication to the post and…show more content…
This meant the guilt of a burning secret kept within the main antagonist became known to that of the main protagonist. This created a deeper connection between the two characters, and the audience could also feel the overwhelming guilt of the main antagonist. as well as a sense of triumph for the main character. This is evident in Hitchcock's film "Rear Window" (1964). The transference of guilt is made crystal clear when Jeff starts to resort to what could be considered to be almost drastic measures such as peeping with a telescope and having Lisa and Stella assist in leaving the safety of the apartment to scout certain areas where they had suspicions on such as the flower bed in order to bring the murderer Thorwald to justice. At this point, Jeff hasn't a doubt in his mind that he knows Thorwald's deepest and darkest secret of being responsible for the murder of his wife. The audience is put through a moment of pure suspense in the climax of the film as Thorwald confronts Jeff. The audience can feel Thorwald's overwhelming guilt as he almost seemingly stares into the eyes of the viewers and simply asks "What do you want from me?". In this instance, if it wasn't made evidently clear in the events leading up to this moment, Thorwald's secret of the murder of his wife has now fully been conveyed to the audience and of course, the main character, Jeff. In "Shadow of a Doubt" (1943), the audience at first have their suspicions regarding Uncle Charlie, but later on in the film, it is made quite clear that Uncle Charlie has an underlying dark secret stemming from the events of his recent past regarding of the murder of 3 rich women. His dark secret is at first hinted at when young Charlie slowly becomes suspicious of Uncle Charlie's actions and suspicious
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