Ralph, Alice, Ed and Trixie would probably take umbrage at these comments. Jeff is convinced of the murder and spends the rest of the film trying to prove his theory to his companions and attempting to catch his neighbor in some sort of cover-up by watching him even more closely. Thorwald does not make enough of an impression to even earn a clever nickname from Jeff, whose day now consisted almost entirely of making up nicknames for his neighbors. The fear of Communist influence in the USA led to heightened political repression from the government, and Americans could only prove their loyalty to the country only by offering othersâ names to the government. I recorded many of those AMC showings on VHS, and kept a log (yes, I’m a nerd like that) of my viewings in a copy of Donald Spoto’s The Dark Side of Genius (Little, Brown, 1983; Da Capo, 1999). Intellectual History, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Check out our video library, with new roundtables ready to view on 19thc utopia, carceral culture, religion & conservatism, + more. Still, in Rear Window, Hitchcock is merely a âchair-bound voyeur.â Stewart via Jefferies is Hitchcockâs âalter ego,â according to Spoto. Amazing. Web. Submitted by perpster on Sun, 04/21/2019 - 1:34am. As demonstrated above, it is not difficult to read Rear Window as a product and reflection of the Cold War. When you’re that fast, you can replicate your audiences’ weltanshauungen. If Jeff had never been peering through his window at the Thorwaldsâ apartment it is likely Lars Thorwald would have gotten away with murder (Melani). himself and his films as sui generis, as spectacles from the mind of one “master of suspense” rather than as pieces of popular culture. This is what Hitchcock saw in 1950s America—lonely Americans desperate to understand each other. They learn how the magnificent set was constructed, marvel at Jimmy Stewart's portrayal of a man on the moral edge, and discuss why Grace Kelly is not a "Lisa." The bored Jeff is forced to find a new way to entertain himself and takes to spying on his apartment complex neighbors through his courtyard adjacent rear window.  The film was based on a short story by Cornell Woolrich. Given that, I never worked to understand how Hitchcock’s artistic choices and story ideas maintained relevance through screening. Temporary isolation proves to be a hidden blessing for Jefferies but has the opposite effect for the filmâs antagonist, Lars Thorwald. This was one of the mostâ¦ Jefferies. I have not read John Fawell’s Hitchcock’s Rear Window: The Well-Made Film (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2001), but it apparently covers voyeurism as the central theme of the film. As such, Jeffâs insubstantial speculation about Thorwald murdering his bedridden wife is disturbingly reflective of the social strife in 1950s America, as thousands accused theiâ¦ “AFI 100 Films, 100 Years.” American Film Institute. Americans were to inform on the suspicious activities of others. Thorwaldâs isolation helps him remain unsuspected by everyone but Jeff. Early in the film, Jeff sees the Thorwalds arguing multiple times but is not interested in their bickering. âJeffâ Jeffries is portrayed by James Stewart, who was known at the time for portraying cowboys in various Western films as well as starring in an earlier Hitchcock film Rope. Just as the power of Hopperâs paintings lies in what he chooses to exclude, so the tension and spectacle in Hitchcockâs Rear Window relies on what is obscured or unseen. However, his feelings of isolation began before his crime. Surveillance/ Voyeurism Binocular and Camera representative of the intensity of the drama in the film. Though Hitchcock is often labeled a misanthrope and misogynist, Fawell finds evidence in Rear Window of a sympathy for the loneliness that leads to â¦ Paul & Amy peer into 1957's voyeuristic Hitchcock thriller Rear Window! All text (including posts, pages, and comments) posted on this blog on or after August 7, 2012, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. When most people think of Hitchcock, itâs the screeching violins from Psycho that first come to mind. Unlike other movies with such high accolades, Rear Window is neither a historical epic or high drama. “A ‘Rear Window’ View Seen at the Rivoli.” The New York Times 5 Aug. 1954: C3-C4. Although Jeff struggles with his temporary version of forced isolation it actually serves him better then expected. A critic also refers to him as a "connoisseur of the perverse," alluding to how Hitchcock is able to render voyeurism ethically ambiguous, instead of harshly criticising the observation of other lives for pleasure. Later, during my adolescent and teenage years, I left Hitchcock behind for girls, science fiction, fantasy, and school concerns. This blog is © 2007-2018 Society for U.S. Rear Window, maybe? 12/7, 7pm EST on #RevolutionandReform in #business thought & rhetoric, featuring Quinn Slobodian, Erik Baker, Kwelina Thompson, Sean Delehanty, & Nicholas Foster. An argument could be made that his feelings of frustration, loneliness and regret grew to a point where his emotions overtook Thorwald and allowed him to brutally murder his wife. Apparently the film generated a “mob scene” at the Rivoli. Compare for example, the parallels between Hopperâs 1928 painting Night Window and the filmâs character of Miss Lonelyhearts. Itâs a level of physical isolation Jeff has never known before. It’s just that I can’t recall any where his work is cited as symbolic or as a metaphor for any particular year or period. Crowther, Bosley.  Donald Spoto, The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock (Boston: Da Capo Press, 1999), 331, 354. My love and admiration for Hitchcock began with fuzzy UHF television reruns of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents (or “Hour,” if you prefer). "Rear Window" is a remake of the 1954 film by Alfred Hitchcock starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly of the same title. Arguably his best-received film, Hitchcock cultivates a protagonist, L.B Jeffries (James Stewart), who relays the filmâs message and exploration of scopophilia. The various window frames outlining Miss Lonely Hearts, Miss Torso, The Composer, and the newlyweds speak to our limited understanding of the other. John Michael Hayes' screenplay was based on Cornell Woolrich's (with pen-name William Irish) original 1942 short story or novelette, It Had to Be Murder. Thorwald exhibits the same kind of rage later in the film when he attacks both Jeff and Lisa after being confronted (Melani). Plus: Lane Moore, author of How To Be Alone, talks about how she deals with loneliness and isolation. It requires meeting lots of different people and going to many different places but never staying in one place or getting to know one co-worker well enough to become truly comfortable. Of course he was driven by intuition, but he never stopped trying to verify his sense of the world, of right and wrong. When Jefferies injures himself taking a risky picture he is immobilized, confined to a wheelchair inside his apartment for two months. As Lary May noted in the “Introduction” to his edited collection, Recasting America, Hitchcock “evoke[d] the [seeming?] Lecture. If he were not so emotionally and physically isolated, he would probably think eavesdropping was wrong but is disconnected to such an extreme that the thought never crosses his mind. 27.1 (2000): 62-75 âThe Art of Digression: Blake Edwardsâ Skin â¦ I also watched his lesser known and less acclaimed films from the Seventies, Forties, and Thirties. Whilst he is indeed known for his hair-curling thrillers, Rear Windowis a slightly subtler film which focuses not on a murderer at large, but rather a crippled photographer who never even leaves his apartment. Copyright Â© 2013- 2020 - MyPaperWriter.com, Isolation in Alfred Hitchcockâs Rear Window, Hitchcockâs Preservation of the Patriarchal Hegemony Through Power Shifts in Psycho, William Faulknerâs A Rose for Emily versus Alfred Hitchcockâs Psycho. They lived at 328 Chauncey Street, in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. Of course citizenship never makes one a native, so there’s that. The following analysis reveals a comprehensive look at the Storyform for Rear Window.Unlike most of the analysis found hereâwhich simply lists the unique individual story appreciationsâthis in-depth study details the actual encoding for each structural item. N.p., 1998. Click thru for details, #USIH #twitterstorians! Even when physically confined Jeff is still determined to be a man of action. Jefferies spends all of his energy in the film trying to understand what he couldn’t see. This time I experienced his work in film. The film only cost about 2 million to produce. Thorwald works a traveling salesman (Melani). Jeffries, a world traveling magazine photographer accustomed to living a fast pace active lifestyle.  Lary May, The Big Tomorrow: Hollywood and the Politics of the American Way (Chicagao: University of Chicago Press, 2002), 222. They are all together in this courtyard, â¦ Rear Window remained out of circulation until Oct 1983, when it was re-released by Universal/MCA two years after Hitchcockâs death. Tags: .USIH Blog, 1950s, Alfred Hitchcock, Cold War, containment, Donald Spoto, For the Love of Film III, Lary May, Rear Window, Tim Lacy. @Paul: Good question! Spoto argued that Rear Window, along with To Catch a Thief, The Trouble with Harry, and The Man Who Knew Too Much, represents a “warm and comic” period—facilitated by screenwriter John Michael Hayes—in relation to Hitchcock’s general “emotional interest and aesthetic concern.” That period contrasted with “the obsessive fear of lost identity” in films like The Wrong Man, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, and Marnie. Though this point was subsumed in a popular murder-suspense story, he nevertheless captured our containment on screen. Perhaps it’s too obvious. Rear window film also brings about the feeling of deep empathy because of its quite sensitivity with which the author Hitchcock registers in the areas of sound and images thus the feeling of human loneliness and alienation (Fawell 5). Apart from mystery and suspense, this time around my interest in Hitchcock was maintained by an appreciation of his eye for set details, lighting, costumes, and varied locations, as well as his differing story lines, attention to camera angles, ear for music, and choices of actors—particularly his eye for the opposite sex. With James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter.  What’s interesting to me now is how I thought about and watched his films on his terms alone. Each helped feed the impoverished imagination of a kid growing up in small-town, rural western Missouri. Article excerpt. Read preview. Hitchcock's 1950s romantic-thriller "Rear Window" offers a panoramic view of romantic attachment and its drawbacks. When Thorwald is not working he spends all of his time caring for his bedridden wife. 3. The beginning of the film shows Jeff has broken a leg in a racetrack accident. …Just did that: Whitfield apparently doesn’t cite Hitchcock or Rear Window. It stars Christopher Reeve in the title role as a quadriplegic as he happens to be one in real life when the film was made after his horse accident in 1995 together with Daryl Hannah and â¦ And we, with Hitchcock, are “gazers” at the larger world—at murder, sex, loneliness—at modernity. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0LjhqJRhS5uASmi01B2-2A, ⏰ happening soon, join us! @zeithistoriker is chairing. Interesting post Tim- Your observation about the framed views of the characters is convincing and I would only add that it seems to me that Jefferie’s is viewing these characters from a even narrower lens, his telescopic camera, which makes his analysis more intrusive and myopic. Rear Window eventually garnered Hitchcock a best director nomination (one of five total in his career). If he were not so emotionally and physically isolated, he would probably think eavesdropping was wrong but is disconnected to such an extreme that the thought never crosses his mind. Paul & Amy peer into 1957's voyeuristic Hitchcock thriller Rear Window! Introduction TV and film adaptations of literature do more than translate the written work to the visual medium. As Jefferies winds his way toward solving the mystery, trying to avoid attracting Thorwald’s attention to his snooping, Hitchcock introduces a memorable cast of side characters: the sad sack Miss Lonely Hearts (Judith Evelyn); the athletic, sexy ballet dancer, Miss Torso (Georgine Darcy); the friendly but disaffected “Composer” (Ross Bagdasarian); the unhappy newlyweds; and a spinster cat lady. “Jeff” Jefferies. We ask that those who participate in the discussions generated in the Comments section do so with the same decorum as they would in any other academic setting or context. Oddities were to be shunned, but were nevertheless the objects of our collective gaze. Confined to apparently sedate voyeuristic activities via his rear window, Jefferies comes to believe that a neighbor, Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr), has murdered his wife. #USIH #twitterstorians https://s-usih.org/conference/conferences/, Hey @Ideas_History /#USIH fans! Americans were contained; they were “homeward bound” like Jefferies, though uninjured physically. The responsibility has isolated him from the outside world so much that he almost goes unnoticed by others. Rear Window also grossed 10 million dollars by the end of 1956 (anywhere from $66.1-345 million in 2012 dollars). He was fine with manipulating capitalism to his own ends, when he could. Zoom | Log in or register to post comments; Mooners Over Manhattan. Jeffâs actions are basically harmless until one night he accidently sees a neighbor murder his wife. During one of the Jeffâs earlier spying sessions he watches various neighbors and gives them nicknames based on physical or personality traits he observes (Crowther C4). Ebert, Roger. His career, like Jeffâs, is one where a person could easily become isolated. Produced in 1953 and released in 1954, Rear Window traced the homebound activities of a convalescent-but-formerly-world-traveling photo-journalist, L.B. Click HERE to make a donation to the National Film Preservation Foundation.] This film masterpiece was made entirely on one confined set built at Paramount Studios - a realistic courtyard composed of 32 â¦ As I noted in the piece above, Hitchcock had obtained citizenship right around the release of Rear Window. The normally independent and carefree Jeff is now stuck in his apartment, confined to a wheel chair and dependent upon his nurse, Stella, played by Thelma Ritter and his girlfriend Lisa Fremont, played by Grace Kelly. But even the passing references to Hitchcock in other works are scarce. As an aside, just one year after taking up U.S. citizenship in 1955, Hitchcock earned 4 million dollars but, due to tax shelters, avoiding paying even “a cent of tax.” This correlates with Alpers relaying that Hitchcock, while he tried to preserve his artistic integrity, thoroughly engaged the Hollywood scene. Hitchcock: âRear Window is entirely a mental process, done by use of the visual.â Themes: Voyeurism, Watching a movie as voyeurism: (1) the audience members are voyeurs who see through Jeffâs ey es and They learn how the magnificent set was constructed, marvel at Jimmy Stewart's portrayal of a man on the moral edge, and discuss why Grace Kelly is not a "Lisa." Intellectual History.  Lary May, “Introduction,” in Recasting America: Culture and POlitics in the Age of Cold War, ed. Whew, it’s been a busy fall! But it does expose many facets of the loneliness of city life and it tacitly demonstrates the impulse of morbid curiosityâ (C3). Fear of Marriage and Voyeurism in Rear Window In Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 classic thriller Rear Window, Jimmy Stewart stars as L.B. DUE 1/31/2021. Relationships/ Marriage Married couple v the Newlyweds Jeff and Lisa - evolution of the relationship. the Eggheads), and the military. Start studying The sound of loneliness: Rear Window's soundtrack (Week 4). Americans were alone together (with apologies to Sherry Turkle), watching each other through frames of fear—wondering what evils lurked out of view. I never made it to the early Thirties or his silent films from the Twenties. At that point Jefferies convalescence becomes a detective activity, drawing in his caretaker, Stella (Thelma Ritter), and his old friend, the detective Tom Doyle (Wendell Corey). Spoto characterizes the latter concern as a “resumption of his basic gravity” and a return to Hitchcock’s “profoundest concerns.” Still, in Rear Window, Hitchcock is merely a “chair-bound voyeur.” Stewart via Jefferies is Hitchcock’s “alter ego,” according to Spoto. ————————————————————————————————————– Those frames are a metaphor for our inability to understand the fuzzy edges, and beyond, of what’s outlined. …Let me research for a minute. https://s-usih.org/2020/12/call-for-submissions-john-dewey-prize/, Join us for a #USIH2020 roundtable on Mon. Oct. 2011. Production being what it is, both a linear and non-linear process, it is impossible to know what will be a “hit” with audiences upon release—to know what themes will remain relevant over the course of one, two, or three years. 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