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Rear Window (Film), Essential Revision Notes

Rear Window (Film)

Leaving Certificate English

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Table of Contents

Film background, genre, structure and significance 5

Plot summary 5

Character profiles and Cast 6

Jeff (James Stewart) 6

Lisa (Grace Kelly) 6

Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr) 6

Stella (Thelma Ritter) 7

Doyle (Wendell Corey) 7

The Neighbours 7

The Newlyweds 7

The Sculptor 7

Miss Torso 7

Miss Lonelyhearts 7

The Dog Lovers 7

The Songwriter 7

Themes with Supporting Quotations 8

Boredom 8

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2. 8

3. 8

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5. 9

Persistence and perseverance 9

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2. 9

3. 9

4. 9

5. 10

Questions of ethics and morality 10

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2. 10

3. 10

4. 11

5. 11

Community 11

1. 11

2. 12

3. 12

4. 12

5. 12

Freedom vs. Confinement 12

1. 12

2. 13

3. 13

4. 13

5. 13

Cunning and Cleverness 13

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2. 13

3. 14

4. 14

5. 14

Structure and Style 15

Lisa vs. the other single women around the courtyard 15

The Thorwald murder’s significance to the plot of Rear Window? 15

What is the effect of Hitchcock's shooting style and how does this connect to the film’s themes? 15

Film Analysis 16

Film background, genre, structure and significance

Release Year: 1954; Genre: Mystery, Thriller; Director: Alfred Hitchcock; Writers: John Michael Hayes, Cornell Woolrich (short story); Stars: Grace Kelly, James Stewart

Rear Window lulls us into a conspiracy with Jefferies, a man confined to a wheelchair in his apartment, who becomes obsessed with spying on his neighbours – and convinced one of them murdered his wife.

Critics consider Rear Window one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best films; Hitchcock the man often described as the Master of Suspense. Hugely popular with audiences and critics alike, Rear Window received 4 Oscar nominations and was ranked #48 on the American Film Institute's latest list of 100 Greatest American Films of All Time. Its simple structure and narrative, allied a single setting (Jeff's living room) comprise a masterpiece.

Rear Window was important also because of the transition and empathy it ...

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