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Rear Window (1953) Alfred Hitchcock A Voyeur’s Point of View Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1953) has been an unrivaled icon in the film universe probably because of the fact that every scene is tailored with elegance. This film masterpiece was made entirely on one confined set built at Paramount Studios – a realistic courtyard composed of 32 apartments (12 completely furnished) – at a non-existent address in Manhattan (125 W. 9th Street). Each of the tenants of the other apartments offer an observant comment of marriage and a complete survey of male/female relationships (all the way from honeymooners to a murderous spouse), as the main protagonist watches / spies / spectates through his ‘rear window’ on them. Remarkably, the camera angles are largely from the protagonist’s own apartment, so the film viewer (in a dark theatre) sees the inhabitants of the other apartments almost entirely from his point of view – to share in his voyeuristic surveillance. Voyeurism is the interest in or practice of spying on people engaged in intimate behaviors, or other actions usually considered to be of a private nature. The principal characteristic of voyeurism is that the voyeur does not normally relate directly with the subject of his/her interest, who is often unaware of being observed. However, in today's society the concept of voyeurism has evolved, especially in popular culture. Reality programs such as Survivor and The Real World , Keeping up with the Kardashians are prime examples of voyeurism, where viewers play the role of the voyeur, and are granted an intimate interaction with a subject group or individual. Although not necessarily "voyeurism" in its original definition (as individuals in these given situations are aware of their audience), the concept behind "Reality TV" is to allow unscripted social interaction with limited outside interference or influence. Many critics argue that Alfred Hitchcock’s 1953 film was a precursor to

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