Hitchcock as a rule makes appearances in his movies. The one here is strange. He’s fixing a clock. He is by all accounts saying “I’m controlling the time, the pace, the story stream.” And he’s glaring with a specific goal in mind toward us, as though its a particular sort of test: “Focus! This isn’t a bit of foam, a light Hollywood diversion. This is about a man watching individuals in a way you may discover shocking. Be that as it may, what’s happening with you? You’ve come here in secret to watch occasions similarly that he does.” Yet, Jeff even experiences difficulty understanding what he sees. I mean the most exceedingly awful is him not understanding that Miss Lonelyhearts is in actuality submitting suicide. Stella lets him know, he’s viewing, however then stops, since he has the other plot.
Along these lines, when Lonelyhearts takes out a bit of paper to compose a suicide note, he considers, “Well, Stella’s wrong, she’s not submitting suicide, she’s composition a letter.” It’s extraordinarily thick. Along these lines, Hitchcock’s scowl at us, I think, and his referencing the reality outwardly, that he’s controlling the transience of the film, the pace, every one of the occasions that are unfurling, just as the music, regardless of whether we hear music or not, is intended to advise us that the motion picture has a specific story frame that Hitchcock is in charge of, and that shape is the type of the motion picture’s own coherence. It’s the purpose of this control being described and appeared such that he needs us to take care of. I likewise think Hitchcock is continually making some sort of joke about our eagerness to be derisive of Jeff’s thickness at different focuses, while we’re not as ready to consider whether we’re understanding the motion picture, considering it sufficiently important, examining enough, or permitting it only to be an object of amusement that we watch.
When we’re acquainted with Jeff, the last association with the topic of films is that Jeff is a picture taker. He’s an exceptionally irregular picture taker. When we began the motion picture, he’s endeavoring to persuade his war pal Lieutenant companion Doyle that a homicide has been submitted, and he has his camera out from an early piece of the film, and he sees Thorwald go out with the bag, yet he doesn’t snap a photo. He sees him return, go out once more, doesn’t snap a photo. He sees him unwrapping saws and blades in the sink, he doesn’t snap a photo.
He sees him viewing down the dividers of his condo and doesn’t snap a photo. It’s another route for Hitchcock to underscore that despite the fact that he’s a picture taker, due to his walled-off-ness from the scene, it doesn’t jump out at him that he can in actuality enter into the scene photographically. He’s simply viewing. He doesn’t take pictures. Another case: when Lisa gets captured. Keep in mind, Thorwald returns, and she has that scene where she demonstrates the ring, “I got it.” How simple would it be for him, and Stella, to state, “Thorwald, disregard her, the police are coming. Try not to murder her! We see you.” Instead he pulls back and leaves the lights off. Who does that? Once more, Hitchcock doesn’t remark on it, yet on the off chance that you ask yourself, what might you have done in that circumstance? Every one of the windows are open.
In the event that he realizes he’s being seen, and the police are coming, he won’t do anything. Another sign: there’s no film in the camera, no eagerness to interrupt into the scene, since that implies he’s noticeable to the scene, and this kind of single direction logic that is the introduce of his relationship to the occasions, the commence of his relationship to Lisa, and the start Hitchcock accept we expect in our method for watching motion pictures, are largely integrated in the movie. We see why he’s harmed and the motion picture sets up this discussion among him and Lisa.
He needs to photo scene, he wouldn’t like to do anything mental, similar to picture photography, where you’d need to make sense of someone, and comprehend their identity so as to complete a legitimate representation photo. He simply needs to photo surfaces. He resembles a young man. You know, he needs to be out on the planet, and he’s very worried about his own manliness and boldness such that makes us somewhat suspicious. Anyone exorbitantly inspired by their own manliness is an issue: guarded, stressed, on edge, etc, and he helps us a little to remember this.