Techniques used in Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Rear Window'

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Alfred Hitchcock was an amazing director and his films have lived on and are still thriving today due to the techniques he used in his films and the way he created them. He was known for taking the least probable scenarios and turning them into a masterpiece just by playing with light and form or angles. Some of these films are Psycho, Perfect Crime, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Rear Window. At first it was quite difficult to pinpoint a particular film to choose as he used brilliant techniques in all of them. However, I have chosen to talk about Rear Window. This is because the fact that the whole film occurs in the same setting and still holds our interest is very hard to do but he was able to by using diverse camera angles and
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At first the scene is comedic, that is until the man from across the courtyard leaves his house at 2 a.m. We see Jeff’s watch as the man comes in and out of his apartment 3 times. Each time, the audience watch as Thorwald (the man) carries a large briefcase with him. Long shots and canning are used to mimic Jeff’s gaze as he follows thethorwald’s progress. This makes the audience feel suspicious and confused as to why someone would leave their apartment so many time in one night.

Too keep them a bit distracted, there are also individual scenes going in the other apartments so that the audience don’t have time to dwell on their suspicion. All is dark except for a couple of houses which also gives the scene as sinister twist since at the start it was colorful but now it is dark and the camera is not quite focused. Also, the cuts and fades in this scene are very unpredictable and unsatisfying, because, as we are looking through Jeff’s eyes, he constantly falls asleep which then prevents us from seeing any more of what happens as the scene fades to darkness. The shots are also unsatisfying because although they are mostly wide shots, we don’t quite see every thing we want to see.

The Next key scene I will be talking about is the climax when the murder is solved. It all starts with the sudden death of a dog that was digging around in Mr.Thorwald 's (the mad from across the courtyard) flowers. This makes Jeff suspicious and suddenly he asks

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