Vertigo

Vertigo

Blu-ray Disc - 2012
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San Francisco police detective Scottie Ferguson is forced to retire when a freak accident gives him a severe fear of heights. When a rich shipbuilder hires Scottie to follow his wife, who may be suicidal, Scottie finds himself falling in love with her. Eventually Ferguson becomes obsessed with the chance to re-create her in another woman.

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weeksworld
Mar 20, 2021

If you're going to see just a few Hitchcock films, this is one of them (but after "Psycho" and "The Birds"). Its like watching two films and resembles a lot like "Murder on the Orient Express" (except "Vertigo" came first). The first half of the film, we see the suicide scenario as Ferguson (Stewart) fails to prevent his boss' wife's death. Then we see Novak's character tell the actual events which is a diabolical murder in a letter she writes and then tosses. The rest of the film we see Stewart try to chase down his demons and you don't know if he'll go mad, fail again or be a victim himself and its all done up like some paranoid dream that you'll not wake up from ... alive anyways. This is how you make a scary movie. Not with jump scares and gory monsters, not with mad slashers who can't seem to die ... but with tension and ambiguous motivation, filmed by expert cameramen and a director with an eye for the theatrical and mood lighting.

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Calvacade
Mar 16, 2021

Not very popular with critics or audiences when it first came out, probably not what they were expecting form the master director. Certainly a very different movie not in the usual Hitchcock formula. The movie probably needs more than one viewing. I can understand why some people don't like it much, but if you can get into the mood and atmosphere it's a surreal masterpiece. The movie is really about creating a surreal dreamlike world to enter. Set in San Francisco in 1958 it is like nothing before or since. Unforgettable and mesmerizing it is full of great locations, strange characters and stories. We go on a strange uneasy journey with Jimmy Stewart where there is no return and end up somewhere between sanity and insanity. Everything about this movie goes together to create another world which you feel like you have entered, the music, the 1950s grainy film, the dull colours, the incredibly shot locations, the changing light. It is certainly a strange movie hard to put into a box. It is from another time. Amazing. Like a dream... A classic film from the golden age of Hollywood. A Hollywood which doesn't exist anymore. There is just something about this movie, which you can't put your finger on. It's full of secrets.

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GroundSuppression
Nov 15, 2020

Hitch's first choice to play the lead -- Vera Miles -- would have been good. She and other actresses of her era, such as Anne Baxter, and Bette Davis had personality and gumption. Kim novak ushers in the mannequin era of actresses, when men were threatened by the first rumbles for equality. don't worry, male superiority, domestic ,and workplace violence is still on the menu, as equal protection is 3 or 4 hundred years away. In much of the world men are taught to kill female family members they don't like. And in the enlightened west see jeffry epstein and harvey weinstein, et al.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/11/15/world/asia/china-women-domestic-abuse.amp.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-54380148

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 12, 2020

This is a very weird and eerie movie that gets creepier as it goes on. The first half of the movie was okay, in my opinion, but the second half felt like it was rushed to fit in the timeline. As someone who has watched a couple of Hitchcock’s films, The Birds, Psycho, to name a few, I would say that Vertigo is my least favourite out of the three. The acting, costumes and background, however, were all great, it was just how the story was laid out that I wasn’t a huge fan of. All in all, I would give this movie a 3.5 out of 5 star rating.
@PrimaBallerina of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Navi66
Nov 22, 2019

The movie was good and very suspenseful if you don't read the spoiler at the top of this page but I was not at all a fan of the ending. It felt like they took a well written story line and rushed the ending to fit a timeline.

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1aa
Sep 30, 2019

A very very weird film... it seems like madness begets more and greater madness, which in turn begets insight into truth and love, and, when it does so shatters the original madness which really wasn't madness at all but was actually an elaborate crime, which finally brings one literally to the edge and the end.
Its worth re-watching, and when I do I will make use of the commentary for once.

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007Gatsby
May 13, 2019

THIS is what children need to be watching instead of comedy movies.

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ausnos
Feb 18, 2019

As someone that is scared of heights, I can totally relate to what the protagonist is going through. Good acting.

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THX317
Dec 26, 2018

There are spoilers in the catalog's description of the plot.

CarlitoQuinones Mar 22, 2018

Atmospheric, spooky and weird.. with a reaching conclusion that defies believably, but still somehow very re-watchable. Features an amazing score by Bernard Herrmann.

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sanfranciscogirl
Mar 23, 2015

"The things that spell San Francisco to me are disappearing fast... I should have liked to have lived here then — color, excitement, power, freedom." -Gavin Elster

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Monolith
Jul 19, 2012

Scottie: "What's this doohickey?" Midge: "It's a brassiere! You know about those things, you're a big boy now."

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Monolith
Jul 19, 2012

Madeleine: "Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere."

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Monolith
Jul 19, 2012

Madeleine (to Scottie, pointing to rings of a cross sectioned sequoia tree, which correlate to years): "Here I was born, and there I died. It was only a moment for you; you took no notice."

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Monolith
Jul 19, 2012

Midge (on Scottie's breakdown): "You want to know something? I don't think Mozart's going to help at all."

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Monolith
Jul 19, 2012

Judy: "If I let you change me, will that do it? If I do what you tell me, will you love me?" Scottie: "Yes. Yes." Judy: "Alright. Alright then, I'll do it. I don't care anymore about me."

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May 13, 2019

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nadian Feb 21, 2010

Violence: Scenes of death and frightening images.

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