The main protagonist in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” is trapped in a wheelchair, and we’re trapped too – trapped inside his point of view, inside his lack of freedom and his limited options. When he passes his long days and nights by shamelessly maintaining a secret watch on his neighbors, we share his obsession. It’s wrong, we know, to spy on others, but after all, aren’t we always voyeurs when we go to the movies? Here is a film about a man who does on the screen what we do in the audience – look through a lens at the private lives of strangers.
A freedom based on tribute
A king not to be contained
The colonists balked
The parliament talked
And the Red Coats still remained
They laid out their When In The Course reasoning
Citing tyrants, natural rights
And maybe even a little Me & Bobby McGee
It has been done from many angles. And it almost always involves choices. The ones we make because we think we know what is happening. The ones we set aside because to deal with them involves facing our deepest fears. And, in the case of this stunning motion picture, it also involves the South and all it’s contradictions, repressions and attitudes of servitude.