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.
It has been important
To be the first one to awaken
On Christmas morning
The early bird gets the worm
And all that
An adroit commentary on desire and the loneliness of being female in a world that knows how to use you but not how to value and understand you, Sofia Coppola’s insightful film reveals little about the politics of the period. This is because we are entirely within Marie’s world. And this world is fully contained within Versailles, which shuts out all external reality. It is a self-governing architectural island, much like Charles Foster Kane’s Xanadu – where politics, reality and poverty have no place.
The birds awaken the recalcitrant riser
Their soulful tweets a reminder
That in this world collaboration
Cooperation and compassion are essential
Billy Wilder was one of our most observant and hilarious film-makers. He also happens to have been very mobile throughout his long and productive life. Born in 1906, he was an Austrian-born Jewish-American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist whose career spanned more than five decades.