What is meant by the term genre? What genre is Rear Window and what recognizable elements are present in the film that help to identify its generic identity?
A genre is any category that literature and art in general falls in. This takes into consideration the content, technique employed, style and the presentation of the subject matter. Music for instance, has different genre. This means that every type of music has a certain genre that it falls in. Rear Window film falls in drama film type of genre. This is because of a number of reasons. Firstly, there is intense display of emotions. The story is also based on real life issues that take place in everyday live activities. A drama film majorly focuses on such; emotions and being based on real life issues.
3. What are the principal themes in Rear Window? In other words, what is the film about? Bear in mind that this is a different issue than thinking about what happens in the film (though they are closely related of course). What are the bigger ideas to which the film is pointing us?
There is the theme of conflict where there is some disagreement between Jefferies and himself, Jefferies and the neighbours and Jefferies and Stella. Jefferies is not ready to agree to what happened to him, being confined in a wheel chair. He is also not comfortable with what is happening to his neighbours. As a result, he sits to watch them, something that is making him to have a negative attitude towards marriage, leading to the second theme.