No one gives a hoot about voyeurism now that we have Facebook. But not too long ago, we weren’t supposed to know what our neighbors were cooking for dinner unless they invited us over to eat it. Then came Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, in which Jimmy Stewart plays a laid-up adventure photographer who passes his time in recovery by watching the neighbors through the telescopic lens of his camera. Among other notable superlatives, it’s the first movie to depict spying on the folks next door as a good thing. For, while peeping, Stewart’s L.B. Jefferies observes not only the microcosmic sturm und drang of domestic life, but he eventually solves a murder case. That plot twist turned notions of privacy and neighborly responsibility on their heads, and as a result, we can shamelessly turn down the television in order to listen to the couple upstairs hump like mad, and then Tweet about it. Thanks, Jimmy.
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