Window Vs. Frame

The cinema as window and frame shares many similarities such as ocular access, transitive and disembodied. (Elsaesser, Hagener 2009, pg. 14). To extend this, we have The Ladies Man (1961), directed by Jerry Lewis which the set has multiples rooms without windows, we only could see the frames, because there are no walls. This kind of constructivist manipules the film perception for the audience. It is no longer a intimate space, now it shows transparency and might loses the visual curiosity for the spectator. However, could also represent reality which sometimes we are not capable to see in other films.


On the other hand, we have Rear Window, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, which we could see most of the scenes thought a window and the scenario is a courtyard with several apartments and more windows. In this particular film the audience could stablished certain assumptions due to the distance between the main character and the scenes in the film. Might also represents a safe place for the spectator to not take direct part with the action (disembodied).  Both window and frame could engage different senses and engagement, depends on what the director want to show, create or transmit.

  • Elsaesser, T, Hagener, M, 2009, Film Theory: An Introduction Through the Senses, 1, Taylor and Francis.



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