Movie Review : Rear Window

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Both films in this comparison are considered historically brilliant, which can be attested to their styles, creative genius, social themes and context, all of which have held up against time. Both films are incredible in their individual rights as well, certifying themselves as films that won’t be forgotten, and even defining aspects of filmmaking for works to follow. Despite their differences in story and appearance, there is a particular likeness in their exploration of characters that makes these films so alike. Both films have interesting characters that lead the story, and both Kazan and Hitchcock take advantage of that by allowing those characters to provide depth to their respective worlds. Rear Window, directed by Alfred…show more content…
Both movies were reflective of different stages of film history, On the Waterfront taking cues from the Neorealism style that had just ended in Italy, and the gloominess of that time period. Rear Window stuck to standard Hollywood elements, while bringing in the suspense theme that was emerging at the time. On top of that, there was a slight influence from the extravagance of past epics, with the elaborate set and beautiful costumes worn by Grace Kelly’s character, Lisa Freemont. The worlds that these filmmakers have creative are similar yet such a stark contrast. On the waterfront is more expansive, shown in Kazan’s wide, deep focus shots of a glum, murky city. Exemplifying this is the fact that the film was shot on location, and Kazan’s choice to have the film in black and white. The cinematic language that Kazan uses compliments the mood of the film, with gloomy cinematography, dark lighting, and simple art direction. The characters themselves reflect this stylistic choice, how none are particularly likeable, and yet the hope that they become so drives the film onwards. Hitchcock’s world however, was shot all on a lot. That being said, his use of backgrounds and an expansive set eludes to a much larger setting than it really is. Rear Window is a very edit heavy film, relying on shot choice and clever editing to explain character relevance. For example, a lot of the couples in the apartment complex exemplify the
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