Rear Window

Rear Window, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is a movie that depicts how the act of voyeurism can be harmful. In the movie, Jefferies has a broken leg and to spend his day, he looks out the window to see what his neighbors are doing. As time progresses, he senses that one of his neighbors killed his wife and plans on leaving. Throughout the movie, the important people in his life, like Lisa, also becomes interested in this mystery with Mr. Thorwald. The scene starting at 1:26 is important because it shows how involved Jefferies really is. This scene is where the neighborhood learns that someone killed the “women on the fire escape’s” dog. This scene was interesting because Jefferies compares the pictures he took of the backyard where the dog stayed before and after it was killed. Here, we see the difference of light and we are looking though the camera lens as well. This shows that the audience is also involved in the mystery of Mr. Thorwald and the dog and we are trying to solve it with Jefferies, Stella, and Lisa. We know just as much as these characters do and want to solve it as badly as they do. It allows the audience to be a part of the movie and have a role as an investigator as well. Furthermore, the difference in light between the two pictures creates a sense of concern and distress for the audience. Looking at the darker picture tells the audience that something has to be wrong. It shows how much tension is in this scene and whether or not Jefferies, Lisa, and Stella found something. The lighter photo, before the dog was killed, depicts a sense of innocence in that area. It was a beautiful garden that had colorful flowers that would soon tainted. It no longer is an area to hangout, rather it is a clue in the mystery. 


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