In many ways, I think my (our?) entire fixation with fiction is about voyeurism. A means of escape, yes but also a means to instead immerse myself in other peoples' experiences that seem much more interesting than my own without having to bear any of the consequences. And of all forms of fiction, cinema appeals to me the most perhaps because it's the most easily immersive of the lot. Also, I noticed a pattern where several of my favorite filmmakers (De Palma, Hitchcock, Lang, Polanski) all seem to be obsessed with the idea of the camera or the eye observing people often hidden away from view. So given our mutual love of De Palma's films and our joint propensity to post Watching Watchers Watching screen caps in the Visual Compendium thread, this seemed like a natural extension.
We will basically be watching and discussing a bunch of films where surveillance and voyeurism play a prominent role. Some of these are likely to be films either one or both of us have already watched but will be re-watching with this particular focus. Peeping is fun and you should all join us .
Charulata took inspiration from the "Watching Watchers Watch" category of Eleven's thread and suggested that we do a collaboration on voyeurism in cinema. I agreed most enthusiastically. When people clandestinely observe others in film without their knowledge, the audience is implicated as well. This circumstance has always fascinated me. Motion pictures give you free reign to engage in this deviant behavior which would otherwise get you pinched. One of the reasons Brian De Palma is among my favorite filmmakers is his penchant for including such scenes in his projects. However, voyeurism in movies is as ubiquitous as the number of entries in the "WWW" category would suggest. We will cover our favorites here, initiating discourse between ourselves and hopefully our fellow Corrierinos. So be sure you have access to binoculars, a telescope, one-way mirror, or a video camera. This will be an interactive exercise.
List of Films