Rear Windows Screen
The camera pans across a courtyard bypassing windows, showing glimpses of life. The view is – counter-clockwise and in full circle – from a rear window. Our perspective changes as the camera dictates and as it completes the circle we enter through that rear window and land upon the sweaty forehead of a sleeping man. The thermostat reads ninety-plus degrees, a warning that a brutal day lies ahead. But the residents of the buildings that surround the courtyard start their daily routine just like any other day. A man shaves and listens to the radio, another man and woman rise from their makeshift bed on the fire escape, a young woman makes her breakfast and a bird is uncovered alerting it that morning has arrived.
“Here lie the bones of L. B. Jeffries” says the leg cast on the man in the wheelchair as we enter through the rear window again. Then we move further into the room and pause on a smashed-up camera and up to photographs that depict violent car racing scenes frozen in time. We know immediately how L. B. Jeffries ended up incapacitated – he is a photographer used to taking necessary risks for his craft. We also know Jeffries’ world – as it is now – in relation to what surrounds him.
Without a word yet uttered we are completely acclimated to the setting and to the protagonist’s situation and have been introduced to nearly all of the characters through the rich, tightly woven tapestry that is Alfred Hitchcock’s, Rear Window (1954).
“The most unusual and intimate journey into human emotions ever filmed…revealing the privacy of a dozen lives!” – tagline
Based on a short story, originally titled, “It Had to be Murder” by Cornell Woolrich and screenplay by Michael Hayes, the central plot of Rear Window is simple – Unable to move about due to his broken leg, L. B. Jeffries is entertained by looking out his rear window into the lives of the people whose windows face his across a courtyard. Soon, however, what was a casual activity to quell boredom turns to obsession when Jeffries suspects one of the men across the courtyard has committed murder.
“Nine out of ten (people) will stay and look.” – Alfred Hitchcock
The fact that L. B. Jeffries is enthralled by the lives of others is no surprise. After all, he didn’t have the internet or interesting blog posts to keep him entertained. That he should choose the apparent excitement of life outside his rear window as his preferred method of distraction is natural. His apartment is small and the windows are huge. The problem arises when he goes off the deep end and takes everyone else with him. And now I warn – spoilers lie ahead.
Visiting Jeffries every day is Stella (Thelma Ritter), the nurse sent by his insurance company. Stella is the voice of reason, laying her “homespun philosophy” on Jeffries every chance she gets. And she smells trouble. Nothing good can come from looking out your window all the time. “What people ought to do is get outside their own house and look in for a change.” Stella offers comic relief in the story and judges harshly what Jeffries’ life has become, even if temporarily. Seemingly he is more concerned and/or interested in the happenings outside his rear window than with what is happening inside it. This is particularly true with regards to his love life, which takes the shape of Grace Kelly in the character of Lisa Fremont.when solutions of nh4cl and kno3 are mixed which startup disk to choose what teaching positions are in high demand startup folder what start up chemicals for hot tub what solutions are hypertonic when london was founded whose project is mrt 7 where to donate technology near me what solution to use for window tint why entrepreneurs are important startup who is rebecca stroud how much london broil per person how many product managers does amazon have how entrepreneur become successful how development leads to democracy from where the caste system originated when system testing is performed how often is frequent which project are you choosing in french how much teaching should a hlta do how much technology is too much when set up how much machine for ice cream how many science bear quests are there what product results from this reaction when science was wrong where to design a logo why solution is stable how much science do we know how often business continuity plan be tested whose science whose knowledge pdf how many entrepreneur are there whu business school how much product to use skincare where teachers are paid the most why london is the capital of the world roadmap what is agile where to print business cards why startup india how product managers prioritize features which business should i start how to launch startup what development made exploration to africa solutions how to sleep