This presentation considers the various ways Alfred Hitchcock portrays women in his film Rear Window. As director, Hitchcock applies an assortment of film techniques to manipulate how the viewer sees the female characters. These techniques affect how women are viewed by both the main character, L. D. Jeffries, and the cinematic audience. I argue that many of the main female characters are represented as dependent on their male counterparts; however, Lisa Fremont, L. B. Jefferies’ girlfriend, presents a contradiction to this norm. She is strong willed and independent while maintaining her femininity. Ultimately, through Lisa, Hitchcock’s portrayal of women in Rear Window shifts from that of a state of dependence to independence, and both Jefferies and the audience are asked to shift their viewpoints accordingly.
Laura Henry, ’15
Sponsor: Michelle Mouton