Essay about Rear Window By Cahiers Du Cinema

1243 Words Nov 13th, 2016 5 Pages
In an attempt to define Auteurism, critics have introduced various interpretations of authorship making it a highly polemical matter. Ever since the French journal Cahiers du Cinéma’s first publication in April 1951, la politique des auteurs has been controversially analysed through diverse approaches. Although these interpretations complement each other, covering the basic idea of the theory, the differences remain evident. This essay seeks to demonstrate not only that Rear Window (1954) is a clear example of auteur cinema but also that Alfred Hitchcock himself should be considered as an indisputable auteur. Firstly, it will define an auteur as a film director whose cinema is conceived as an art form that allows him to express his personal thoughts and views using exclusively cinematographic language. Thus creating a personal style adopted as a signature, while having literary sources as mere inspiration. It will then take into consideration the ways in which Hitchcock created his own style in Rear Window, examining the main features which make his auteur works worth discussing and analysing in depth.

The intrinsic connection between the auteur and his work is a fundamental feature of auteur cinema which should necessarily involve a filmmaker depicting his own personality through the process of directing, but mainly through the writing of the screenplay. Hitchcock fiercely participated in the filmmaking process, elaborating highly detailed storyboards which he…

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