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Rear Window- Alfred Hitchcock

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Lexi Shahidi

on 28 February 2012

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Transcript of Rear Window- Alfred Hitchcock

The Experience Rear Window: Alfred Hitchcock The movie, Rear Window has a sense of a beginning, middle and end.
The audience has an interaction with the movie out of suspense because Alfred Hitchcock does a great job of creating suspense such as not having a soundtrack, just silence during suspenseful scenes instead of having music playing in the background, so the audience knew something was going to happen. Also the numerous phone calls created suspence because the audience would hear something on the phone, and then wait for that to happen because it was known in advance what was going to happen, such as the calls to the detective, or the police.
What made this movie an experience for me overall Mise on Scene element of how the actors, Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly, and Raymond Burr were able to play there roles because the actors of the movie are the ones who in the end carry out the message of the movie, and a movie can only be as good as it's actors.
The audience of films these days is very demanding and only likes movies that have a plot that has not been done before, and this plot was very unique.
The overall sense of unity between color contrasting scenes, camera angles, sonic texture, camera movement, and plot made Rear Window an experience for me.
All through the views of relationships; the audience sees newly weds, a married couple with relationships, and a lone lover all through the eyes of a man who doesn't want to get married.
Long wide shot used to
show background setting
in the film. Mise en scene: what is in the scene that is in the control of the director to show us certian things. One of Hitchcock's film techniques is framing for emotion. This means that they frame the scene so that the emotion of the actors is captured and we can see how they are feeling. In this image we can tell that the actors are scared or shocked. Camera angles and Movement Mise En Scene Hitchcock Film Techniques Rear Window The Movie Trailer Establishing shot; used to
show the setting and where
the film takes place. In this film, many establishing shots, extreme closeups, long-wide shots, and point of view shots are used to show what is going on in the film
The camera movement is shown by scanning from house to house as though we are seeing what is goin on from the eyes of the main character, Jeff. Lighting This image shows the very dark lighting. At this point in the film, there is hardly any lighting to create suspense for the audience. This still image from the film shows how lighting is also used to create shadows and texture in the background. Costume and Makeup The costume in this film is very realistic and fits the personality of the characters very well. The makeup is also very natual which makes the audience feel that this film is very authentic. Other elements of Mise en Scene in the film:
Setting- The setting takes place in the appartment of the main character, Jeff, and remains as though we are seeing what he is most of the time (his neighbors).
Color- In the opening of this movie, it states that this film is in "technicolor". Most movies in this period of time were in black and white so this movie being in color made the experience more realistic.
Lighting- The lighting seems very natural during the scenes that occur during the day, and in night scenes the appartment is lit by various lights within the appartment. In the last scene of the film, the lack of light creates more texture, and suspense for the audience. Contrasting colors, dark scenes were more scary than scenes that took place during the day time.
Point of view editing sequence; close up on the actor, close up on what they're seeing, and then back to a close up of the actor to see their emotion. This close up is shown at the end of the movie, when Liza is reading this book looks and Jeff and sees that he is sleeping, we see her emotion and then she switiches to reading a magazine. The POV editing sequence lets the audience in on what the actors are thinking. Other Hitchcock Techniques:
The wandering camera- The camera has human qualities, can move throughout a scene, and is not stationary the entire scene. The camera scans on various things because Hitchcock shows us things for a reason.
Showing an event through its various pieces- In this film we scan from house to house only seeing a little bit of what is going on in each appartment. This could be considered showing an event through the various pieces because we don't see everything that is going on all the time.
The MacGuffin- The distraction. In this film the Macguffin was whatever was burried in the garden because for the majority of the movie we believd Mrs. Thorwall to be burried there, but then, the plot turns and Mr. Thorwall himself comes into Jeff's appartment and the audience is no longer worried about what is burried there because a new conflict has arisen.
This Movie stars the actors Grace Kelly, Jimmy Stewart, and Raymond Burr.
Hitchcock uses a variety of tools such as the Macguffin, the point of view editing sequence, giving the camera human qualities, and framing for emotion to keep the audience engaged throughout the film.
Mise en Scene is what is in the film that is in the control of the director to contribute to the overall message and experience of the movie.
Camera angles and movement are also very important in this film because everything Hitchcock shows is for a reason, and he only shows certain parts of an event, not the entire scene.
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