Just One Look

We are going to sneak in more than a few more posts before the baseball World Series starts. It is entirely conceivable that you will not be bringing your full attention to my columns on those days, and why would you? I’ll be watching the games myself.

Our video reviews generally are from spots all over the globe. But sometimes the best trip is the one you don’t take. Staying home can be as thrilling as anything you could imagine. You betcha!

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Alfred Hitchcock, the famed suspense movie director, had far beyond the minimum levels of imagination. Many of his dreams became motion pictures, and many of those have been loved by multiple generations of film-goers worldwide. Plenty of you are familiar with his works. Your grandparents may have seen his films in theaters when they were dating 50 years ago. Or maybe you caught some of them on TV.

In 1954 Hitchcock released Rear Window, starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. In the 50s, these two were right there at the top of Hollywood’s favorites lists. Hitchcock wanted us to consider the voyeuristic aspects of film — and not coincidentally, television — so he brought to the cinema the story of a photographer forced to spend six weeks at home recuperating from a broken leg.

Stewart employs binoculars as he watches the lives of his neighbors unfold before his eyes. His view into each of their apartments via their windows is not too different from what homebound housewives, recuperating patients, or elderly retired people do when watching actors on television daytime soap operas, or evening sit-coms.

Hitchcock asks us, the film viewers, to be partners with Jimmy Stewart. And we the viewers are drawn in more quickly and efficiently than you might have thought. And we are pleased because it is fun to watch the gyrations of Miss Torso the dancer. We wonder what is going on behind the drawn shades of the newlywed couple. And we feel a tug at our heartstrings when Miss Lonely-hearts again finds her date disappoints her.

We are drawn in despite our built-in reservations. Most of us were brought up to mind our own businesses. We learn early to not ask too many personal questions. And don’t we all value our privacy? Hitchcock breaks through the walls of privacy and we are part of the adventure. We soon share Stewart’s suspicions about his neighbor Lars Thorwald and we aren’t sure of what has become of his bedridden wife.

Later in the film we come to think that Stewart is so preoccupied with watching his neighbors, and figuring out what happened to the ailing Mrs Thorwald, that it seems that he prefers that activity to enjoying the pleasures of the gorgeous Grace Kelly. And that’s exactly what Hitchcock wants us to think. He is saying, hey, we are all voyeurs, we can’t stop, and we love it.

Don’t bother to deny it. Don’t we love looking out of our windows when a car pulls into the neighbors’ driveway? Wouldn’t you be tempted to sneak a peek at your next door neighbor’s wife when she sunbathes in her backyard? Don’t we love to look at pictures and videos of women wearing little or no clothing? In fact, you are reading my column which discusses videos about naked or nearly naked women, and isn’t my column voyeuristic in its nature?

Maybe we aren’t ’spying’ on the ladies who appear as models, and just as assured is the fact that they are willing participants. No, the truth is we love to watch, just like Jimmy Stewart, in this classic Hitchcock thriller, Rear Window. I am sure that sales of binoculars, and zoom lenses took off after this movie was released.

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Fortunately, you can exercise your right to voyeurism without the need of binoculars right here on the pages of this blog.  Simply visit our site on a regular basis and you might see some  close-up looks at some of the world’s most beautiful women every now and then. Or you could find something else of interest to you.

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