Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tonight we will be discussing Rear Window (1954) for History of Narrative Film. Here are some of my broad questions about the film. What do you think?
In the film Rear Window, does Alfred Hitchcock create several narratives by making the audience “peeping toms” as well? Does Hitchcock use Jeffries character as a parallel to the audience? It seems that we are as much interested in the lives of these characters as Jefferies. The rise of the story is through Lars Thorwald’s actions and through the narratives of the other neighbors. Do we become obsessed with Thorwald as much as Jefferies? Do Jefferies and Lisa represent the characters of Mr. and Mrs. Thorwald? It seems that everything is fine before he murders his wife, and the same applies to Jefferies and Lisa’s relationship. Jefferies attitude towards Lisa is a lot like Thorwald, because as Thorwald becomes overwhelmed with caring for his wife, Jefferies becomes weighed down by the idea of marrying Lisa. It’s also interesting to think of the comparable Lisa taking care of Jefferies as Mr. Thorwald cares for his wife. Their characters are all very similar and I think that it’s possible the film could be told from any narrative to drive a story, but the one we have with Lisa and Jefferies solves a murder.