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It Takes the Village: Urban Community in Hitchcock's Rear Window

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Michael Dwyer

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Transcript of It Takes the Village: Urban Community in Hitchcock's Rear Window

The Meaning of the Word Neighbor:
Urban Community Outside Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW
Michael D. Dwyer
dwyerm@arcadia.edu
twitter: @popthought
"We've become a race of PEEPING TOMS. What people ought to do is get outside their own house and look in for a change."
"If, then,
Rear Window
is an exemplary Hitchcock film, or an outstanding film about spectatorship, it also participates in the broader cultural history of imagining the urban. It speaks from a particular historical moment in which the meanings of urban living were being renovated or renewed" (pg 86-87).
6th Precinct Station
233 West 10th St
Inspiration for Jeff's courtyard
125 West 9th St
Albert Hotel
23 East 10th
Jacobs' Home
555 Hudson
WTF???
"In city areas that lack a natural and casual public life, it is common for residents to isolate themselves from each other to a fantastic degree . . . . Better to stay thoroughly distant. As a practical result, the ordinary public jobs...for which people must take a little personal initiative, or those for which they must band together in limited common purposes, go undone. The abysses this opens up can be almost unbelievable" (Jacobs 65).
The Meaning of the Word Neighbor:
Urban Community Outside Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW
Michael D. Dwyer
dwyerm@arcadia.edu
twitter: @popthought
Murder
Dismemberment
Sexual Assault
Attempted Suicide
Trespassing
Burglary
Assault
Murder of a Cute Dog
Attempted Murder
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