Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window And Mark Pellington's Arlington Road

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Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and Mark Pellington's Arlington Road, though similar in premise and location, the films are quite different from each other. Hitchcock uses point-of-view to put the viewer in the protagonist's position, he “blurs” the line between good and evil, his antagonists tend to be charismatic, and his films always have a happy ending. Although Rear Window and Arlington Road have similar story lines, the way the stories are told are quite different, as Mark Pellington and Alfred Hitchcock have two different directing and storytelling styles.
Other that the similar premise and plot, Rear Window and Arlington Road are two completely different films. Arlington Road may have some similar points from Rear Window, it really should not be compared to Hitchcock's film, and definitely should not be compared to Rear Window, since they have different story lines, are from two completely different generations and two different directors, and neither one is a remake of the other. Hitchcock's style of telling a story consists of the protagonist and antagonist being everyday people, but neither one of them is inherently good or evil. Each character has good and evil traits, but what makes them good or evil in a Hitchcock film is how far they are willing to be pushed before they snap. Point-of-view shots are also extensively used to put the viewer in the shoes of the character. His films also tend to take place in everyday locale, such as Rear Window taking place in the courtyard of a small apartment complex. At the end of a Hitchcock film, moral order is restored and all conflicts are resolved. Between Rear Window and Arlington Road, there are a few similarities. The first similarity is the location in which the story takes place. Rear Window takes place in a small courtyard between two apartment buildings, occasionally coming out of LB Jeffries apartment and putting the viewer a closer look into the neighbors' apartments. Similarly, Arlington Road takes place in a small suburban neighborhood, although it occasionally moves to the University where Faraday teaches, the FBI building, and inside Oliver Lang/William Fenimore's house. The second similarity is the storyline. Both stories are based on the protagonist spying on their neighbor. In Rear Window, LB Jeffries broke his leg and was stuck in a wheelchair with nothing to do but look out the window at what his neighbors were doing. His paranoia and suspect was accidental, although if he had not been bored of sitting in the apartment for the last six weeks, he probably would not have thought twice about his neighbor killing his wife. Similarly, Michael Faraday's paranoia of the possibility of his neighbor being a terrorist was fueled by the death of his wife during an FBI anti-terrorist mission in combination with the class he taught on militant terrorist groups at the University. Both characters became paranoid because of something in their own lives, because without that element,...

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