Classical Editing Paper: "Rear Window"

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The film "Rear Window", directed by Alfred Hitchcock, is a psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout it. L.B. Jefferies has an immobilizing plaster cast, which leaves him stuck in his apartment peering at the neighbors. He sees one neighbor, Lars Thorwald, up to no good and is on to him for the rest of the movie. Just after Lisa drops the letter off at Thorwalds apartment, she comes running back to L.B.'s room to meet L.B. and Stella. She proceeds to ask what his reaction was and continues to show interest in helping solve this tribulation. L.B.'s idea of a perfect girl is someone who is rugged, willing to travel, and would eat sordid food in freezing weather. Lisa doesn't exactly fit this profile and is much more of a "perfect" girl who's into expensive dinners and much more glamorous things. This impression that L.B. has slowly begins to change when Lisa delivers the letter to Thorwald. He sees that she is willing to take a risk and go out on a limb in order to help L.B. with his theory of murder. When Lisa gets back to the room we have a close-up of L.B.'s face, showing his joy in seeing Lisa in action and the satisfaction of his "girlfriend" taking a huge risk for him. In showing the change of the two's relationship, Hitchcock does a wonderful job portraying Lisa's interest in the murder and L.B.'s contentment in the new Lisa. Just by the editing done in this scene we can tell that Lisa has found a new inquisitive side to her. There are also two, three shots of L.B., Lisa, and Stella. This shows that the three of them finally agree that there is something going on in Lars Thorwald's apartment. The use of the one shot of Lisa is to exadurate her excitement about the whole ordeal.The first shot of the quintessential scene that depicts the change in L.B. and Lisa's relationship commences with a three shot of L.B., Stella, and Lisa entering form the door. Lisa seems to be out or breathe and very intrigued. Stella and L.B. are in the foreground of the frame, and on the far right hand side. Lisa is in the background of this deep focus shot in the upper left of the frame with the door directly behind her. She is up higher than L.B. and Stella, showing that she is the most important person at the time. The shot is about eye level with Stella, Lisa a bit higher up and L.B. a little lower. The key lighting in this shot is on scene lighting from a lamp and comes from the left hand side of the frame. All three people are fairly well light on the left hand side, but the right is dark. Lisa has a shadow on the door of her dress. This partial shadow shows us that Lisa's glamorous side (her shadow) is getting smaller and her daring side (her body) is taking over. Lisa is looking at Stella and L.B. and they are staring back at her. Throughout this shot the camera is stationary and the only major movement is Lisa opening the door. After she opens the door the three stay stationary. This entire shot lasts for only seconds and...

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