Analytical Essay of Rear Window

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Analytical Essay of Rear Window Rear Window is a classic movie, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, about human curiosity, voyeurism and murder. The screenplay was written by John Michael Hayes and based on Cornell Woolrich’s short story, “It Had To Be Murder.” The movie tells the story about a magazine photographer named Jeff Jeffries, who while recuperating from a broken leg, was in a wheelchair and confined to his apartment. Feeling bored and caged in by the lack of anything interesting to do, and also feeling trapped by his supermodel girlfriend’s marriage proposal, Jeff sits next to his window every day and starts to spy on his neighbors in the other apartments. One night, he sees a woman having an argument with her husband. The next day, she disappears and Jeff notices that her husband is acting strange and suspicious. Jeff’s curiosity ends up putting his life and others in danger, as the murderer realizes that Jeff knows what he has done. Hitchcock used many different film techniques to make Rear Window. Such techniques included camera angles, wardrobe, facial expressions, use of sound and lighting, the placement of the apartments, and the partial view through the windows. However, use of sound is particularly important to this movie. Hitchcock used sound to set the mood and to keep you guessing at what would happen next. Sound was used to build up to creepy, suspenseful moments and to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole movie. To do this, Hitchcock used not only music, but also many types of background noises such as a radio playing a commercial, street noises, and the sound of people arguing, to set the mood in the beginning. In later scenes, Hitchcock used such things as the phone ringing in the murderer’s apartment right after he finished hiding his wife’s body, and creepy music and footstep noises when the

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