Rear Window Analysis

Essay by Renner100University, Bachelor'sA+, November 2014

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Postproduction Shot List with brief analysis

Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rear Window' (1954). The story of a photojournalist with a broken leg, who begins to spy on his neighbours and becomes utterly convinced that one of them has

committed a murder. I chose this movie because Hitchcock is an amazing and unique director who uses camera angles and sound to tell the story. There is no music in this movie

(only the opening scene), but it's replaced by diegetic music which acts as a character builder and dialogue.




Shot 1, 9 frames. Zooming, close up shot through the window, which views the courtyard outside. It eventually becomes a wide-angled shot of the courtyard. You can see a man sleeping on the third floor balcony.

Lively music, which starts to get fade into the background.


Shot 2, 36 frames. Angled shot from the window. The scene cuts to the camera tracking a cat walking along the stairway while the view gives us an establishing shot of the set.

The music is still lively and intensifies when it reaches the ladder.

Cat meowing twice.

The scene is similar to the ending where we see a similar establishing scene with key differences (the ending shows the character development).


Shot 2. The camera continues panning, stops and slowly tilts upwards as we are following the ladder up to the upper apartment balcony.

The music is constant.



Shot 2. Tracking (panning) shot. Three shot. The camera reaches the top of the upper apartment balcony where you see a father, mother and daughter getting ready for the day. It starts to pan left where you can see the open windows of the character's we'll be seeing, a flash of light in the upper apartment,