Suspense is built from a number of shots; from the man leaving and returning at the early hours of the morning, the same man cleaning a knife, tying up boxes with rope etc. These together creates the basis for suspicion. Hitchcock clearly selects these different action shots, as even though together they provide a strong case for the belief of murder, individually they could be seen as innocent, everyday occurrences. Roger Ebert states, "In the earliest days of cinema, the Russian director Kuleshov performed a famous experiment in which he juxtaposed identical shots of a man's face with other shots. When the man was matched with food, audiences said the man looked hungry, and so on. The shots were neutral. The montage gave them meaning. "Rear Window" (1954) is like a feature-length demonstration of the same principle, in which the shots assembled in Jeff's mind add up to murder." (Ebert 2000) Ebert observes the concept Hitchcock has grasped to convey his scenes and gives an insight into the various inspirations/influences that has been used to create a successful film. Hitchcock has an knack of building suspense and maintaining an audiences attention. The way in which back story and narrative for the neighbours is produced in just a few short clips is genius, just subtle hints to the characters lives gives the audience so much information to build upon.
List of illustrations
Figure 1. Hitchcock, Alfred (1954) Rear Window Movie Poster. At: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d6/Rearwindowposter.jpg (Accessed on:16/2/12)
Figure 2. Hitchcock, Alfred (1954) Grace Kelly and James Stewart. At: http://lauradonovan.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/image004.jpg (Accessed on:16/2/12)
Figure 3. Hitchcock, Alfred (1954) The view. At: http://5plitreel.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/rearwindow2.jpg (Accessed on:16/2/12)
Geoff Andrew (2006) Rear Window (1954). At: http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/76472/rear_window.html (Accessed on:16/2/12)
Roger Ebert (2000) Rear Window (1954). At: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20000220/REVIEWS08/2200301/1023 (Accessed on:16/2/12)
William Bogdon (2000) Rear Window. At: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117794347?refcatid=31 (Accessed on:16/2/12)