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Rear Window

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.

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