Alfred Hitchcock Rear Window Essay

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Director Alfred Hitchcock brought two movies to the silver screen in 1954, Dial M for Murder and Rear Window. While Hitchcock experimented with some gimmicks during this time, it was also interesting to see Hitchcock develop his style as a director. Robert Burks the Director of cinematography for most of Hitchcock filmography shows his growing style as well. While it was not a surprise to see Rear Window take place all in one location it was interesting to observe that Dial M for Murder for the most part stays in one place as well. Dial M for Murder seems almost like a technical test run for what Hitchcock wanted to do in Rear Window. Both films actually complement each other quite nicely by take advantage of their limited spaces by utilizing them to frame the narrative. For instance, Dial M for Murder uses various household…show more content…
Framing each character is their own window with the wall between them. Rear Window displays a wide variety of tilts and pans, which not only gives audiences a good idea of their surroundings from L. B. Jefferies Point of view, but also builds suspense as the camera pans from one window the next. Dial M for Murder on the other hand uses a lot more traditional cuts between dialogue scenes. The audience sees see much more of the space in Dial M for Murder as well, where as in Rear Window we only see what Jefferies can see. Rear Window Cinematically has a bit more style to it, focusing on making voyeurs out of its audience. Utilizing harsher shadows and point-of-view perspective shots indicated by a vignette, as the audience sees through Jefferies binoculars. Dial M for Murder is a much warmer film in terms of lighting, even when characters are cast into darkness the lighting is much more flat. In

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