July 28, 2021

Zoom’s Rear Window

This year Netflix premiere The woman in the window, a mediocre thriller about a woman with agoraphobia (Amy Adams) who never leaves her house, but from her window thinks she is a witness to a crime. The film quotes verbatim the great film of Alfred Hitchcock Rear Window, from 1954, in which Jefferies (James Steward), a photographer immobilized by an accident, enjoys the vision of the lives of others that can be seen from the windows of neighboring houses. Voyeurism is a recurring theme in Hitchcock’s films. In this one, the scenography of a Paramount studio that represents a patio in New York’s Greenwich Village consists of a wall of windows and balconies facing the room where the photographer rests.

The rear window, a great allegory of voyeurism in the cinema.

Eliseo Veron He explained that milestones in the evolution of the media, such as the appearance of photography, cinema or television, constitute changes of scale in our perception. Suddenly we start to contemplate people or places far from us in time and space, to be witnesses of events that have happened or are happening at a great distance from our environment, even live and direct, in real time. The pandemic has generalized in all of us one of these changes perception, a new turn in the “mediatization” of the gaze.