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In Rear Window James Stewart plays a photographer for Life Magazine used to an exciting life of traveling the world to document wars and other catastrophes Hes not traveling as the movie begins though hes immobilized in his New York City apartment with a broken leg To keep himself from going stir crazy he watches his neighbors across the courtyard getting closer to them with binoculars and a telephoto lens When visiting nurse Thelma Ritter criticizes his nosiness he blithely replies weve become a race of Peeping Toms people ought to get outside and look at themselves Stewarts character Jeff observes several neighbors such as Lars Thorwald the unhappily married man who is accused of murder Miss Lonely Hearts who cant find a boyfriend Miss Torso a stunning blonde ballerina with no end of suitors and the newly married couple who are seen ever so briefly in-between long bouts of lovemaking An older married couple sleep on their fire escape to beat the heat but they sleep head-to-toe with no romance involved A composer sends melancholy love music out into the night but cant escape his own loneliness And finally theres Miss Hearing Aids the sculptress Shes single and a bit unattractive She naps out in the backyard and works on a lumpy sculpture called Hunger In addition to Jeffs interest on other peoples personal lives he obtains certain nervousness when around Lisa Fremont Grace Kelly a society girl He makes sarcastic remarks when Lisa begins to talk about getting married to Jeff Jeff believes that his adventurous life-style wont be sufficient enough for Lisas high class personality In conclusion Jeff Jeffries is a middle-class man who loves to involve himself in other peoples lives Jeffs feeling of inferiority towards Ms Fremont slightly complicated their relationship
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