Vertigo (1958)

PG   |    |  Mystery, Romance, Thriller


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A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.

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  • "Vertigo" Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock 1958 Paramount
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  • James Stewart and Kim Novak in Vertigo (1958)
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25 October 2005 | legend21
10
| Beyond Amazing
Over the years, this film has been regarded as one of Hitchcock's masterpieces. Its been called the most personal, emotional, and complex of Hitchcock's films. I agree with all of these things except for one, this film IS Hitchcock's masterpiece work. All of the others pale in comparison to this. There are phenomenal performances here by Jimmy Stewart who plays the biggest anti-hero of his career and Kim Novak whose stunning beauty and exceptional personalities shine through this dark film. Barbara Bel Geddes provides great support as well. Everything about this film, the cinematography, the story, the depth, etc. leaves you mystified and transfixed on this dizzying, surreal artwork of a film. It truly is flawless. If you are a Hitchcock fan and haven't seen this you need to get up right now and buy, not rent, this as soon as possible!

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Trivia

Many critics attributed this movie's failure to James Stewart, who was considered miscast as the romantic lead, partly due to his age.


Quotes

Officer on rooftop: Give me your hand. Give me your hand.


Goofs

During the opening scene when Scottie hangs onto the rain gutter, the tiling of the roof top he slid down changes from flat wooden tiling to half-cylindrical brick tiling when the police officer returns to try save Scottie. Close-up shots of the police officer show half-cylindrical brick tiling, whilst the medium shots with the officer and Scottie hanging on, show flat wooden tiling.


Crazy Credits

There is no end title on this film.


Alternate Versions

An addition to the ending was made for some European coutries due to certain laws prohibiting a film from letting a "bad guy" get away at the end of a film. In the new ending, after Scottie looks down from the belltower (the original ending) there is a shot of Midge sitting next to a radio listening to reports of police tracking down Gavin Elster. As Midge turns off the radio the news flash also reports that 3 Berkeley students got caught bringing a cow up the stairs of a campus building. Scottie enters the room, looks at Midge plainly, and then looks out a window. Midge makes two drinks and gives one to Scottie. It ends with both of them looking out the window. This ending can be found on the restoration laserdisc.


Soundtracks

Symphony No. 34 in C K. 338, 2nd Movement, Andante di Molto (piu tosto allegretto)
(uncredited)
Composed by
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Played as 'cue 10B' on a record in the psychiatric ward

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Mystery | Romance | Thriller

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