Alfred Hitchcock 's Rear Window Essay

1129 Words Oct 21st, 2015 5 Pages
In Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Rear Window, he uses elements of film in a way that expresses to the audience what the character desires and the power relations that exist between them. In the sequence where Lisa and L.B. Jeffries have dinner from “21 Club,” their contradicting desires are expressed through these various elements. For example, Hitchcock uses framing, editing, and character positioning within the mise-en-scene to portray that Lisa desires Jeff but he doesn’t feel as strongly of her. Furthermore, these elements help the audience to analyze the film for larger significance and to see that during the Classical Hollywood Cinema era, women are often sexualized in their roles and are subjected to or become objects for the male characters and even the viewers of the film. Framing, or the camera positioning, allows filmmakers to dictate how the viewer will perceive something in the film. The camera drifting away and moving closer to a character helps to reveal or convey concepts that are of narrative importance. In this opening sequence, the camera pans around and follows to keep Lisa in frame as she is constantly moving around the room. Lisa is captured moving in to kiss Jeff, roaming the room, turning each light on, as well as ordering food for him. Meanwhile, the frame is static when focused on Jeff. The camera positioning is often aligned with Jeff’s eye level and in an aspect, creates the feeling as though the audience is also watching Lisa and what is occurring…

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