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For this piece I intend to look at the representation of gender within the film Rear Window Hitchcock USA1954 and how this relates to moral and social ethics of both the present day and when the film was made In Rear Window the representation of femininity is a traditionally misogynist point of view for the bulk of the film From the opening scenes it is instantly apparent that Hitchcock is indulging in a typical male fantasy of voyeurism One of the first shots we see is that of Miss Torso aptly named by Stewarts character due to her constant dancing and parading around in her apartment in little clothing The very moniker itself Miss Torso can be perceived as a metaphor for Hitchcocks allegedly misogynist nature alluding to an underlying meaning that can be interpreted as a woman is no more than a body and is only there for the pleasure of men The voyeur element is again apparent very early on when two women are seen to be removing their tops to sunbathe and a helicopter looms above giving the pilot the perfect view of what is below From this the camera pans across a array of photographs obviously taken by Stewarts character Jefferies immediately conjuring up images of Jeffries action man-esque lifestyle which becomes an important factor later in the film After seeing the Jeffries action photos a negative image in a picture frame is seen followed by the colour equivalent on the cover of a magazine The negative and magazine cover are both pictures of Jeffries girlfriend Lisa Fremont Grace Kelly The negative image that Jeffries chooses to have on his desk is again a comment on femininity Rather than having the colour photograph of Lisa in a frame which would show off her beauty to its full extent he instead decides to have an image of her that dampens down her visually stunning looks The reasons for
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