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Rear Window 1954 and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953 have very different plots but still have many striking similarities such as the manipulation of the spectators gaze Gaze is the transaction between the screen and a spectator Two examples of the types of gazes used in these films are voyeuristic and fetishistic The use of voyeuristic and fetishistic gazes reinforce movie viewing and gender roles during the 1950s by featuring manipulative and frivolous women as sex objects Rear Window is a film about obsession and human curiosity The film further reinforces this point in its plot and through its voyeuristic gaze The film is about a man named Jeff a wheelchair-bound photographer who out of boredom and curiosity spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced that one of them has committed murder The movie also draws ties between movie viewing and voyeurism Voyeurism is when someone likes to watch an unsuspecting person And this is what Jeff does in fact he even has a voyeuristic job as a photographer While watching this suspenseful movie you cant help but like you are in the movie which is ironic because it shows that we are doing the same thing as Jeff--we are voyeurs sitting in a dark movie house engrossed in this film This voyeuristic gaze is shown mainly through Jeffs eyes Hitchcock forces us to only see the movie through the eyes of a man There are females in the movie but they arent in every scene like Jeff is and they do not control the gaze of the camera but instead are the subjects of the gaze Also the camera is kept in Jeffs apartment except for a couple of shots near the end which limits the audiences view to what Jeff can see and hear from his viewpoint When he is looking through his camera lens and binoculars we have no choice but to see the film through Jeffs eyes
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