How does Hitchcock explore the theme of community and social isolation through the use of cinematic techniques, quotes etc. in Rear Window?

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The themes of community and isolation recur throughout Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window . The character Jeff is physically isolated through being temporarily confined to his apartment. He receives visits only from Lisa and Stella, and apparently maintains an emotional distance from Lisa, his girlfriend. He makes jokes about escaping...

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The themes of community and isolation recur throughout Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. The character Jeff is physically isolated through being temporarily confined to his apartment. He receives visits only from Lisa and Stella, and apparently maintains an emotional distance from Lisa, his girlfriend. He makes jokes about escaping a "nagging wife."

Jeff's nosy interest in his neighbors in the apartment complex further shows his emotional isolation, as he does not express commonalities with them. Hitchcock emphasizes Jeff's isolation with cinematic techniques of framing, using the literal frame of the window to separate him from the others. In addition, by using the device of his binoculars, the audience experiences the juxtaposition of the near and far, again emphasizing that Jeff is not really part of the goings-on around him.

Jeff is not the only one who senses or extends the lack of community, however. The neighbors are shown through the windows conducting their individual business. Doyle's observation implies the impenetrable nature of human consciousness: "That's a secret and private world you're looking into out there."

The overall lack of communal spirit emerges most clearly through the killing of the dog and his owner's reaction. His solitary and distraught owner berates her useless neighbors, rhetorically demanding to know who killed him, and saying he was the only friendly being around:

You don't know the meaning of the word "neighbor." Neighbors like each other, speak to each other, care if anybody lives or dies. But none of you do! You don't talk, you don't help, you … you don't even see.

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