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Guy
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I caught Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo the other day. I highly recommend it. The only other Hitchcock I've seen is North X Northwest, and Rear Window. I can't say that I like Vertigo better than any of them, but it's still very good. I didn't know that they made films like this 40 years ago.

Some comments / questions.. (SPOILERS

-The Midge character dissapears in the second half after John is done with the hospital, is that commenting on how obsessed John is with this new girl, or is she just gone?

-At the end, how could an approaching nun cause her to jump? It's not exactly a shocking sight.

-Was there any truth to the supernatural aspect of the film? I'm only asking, because when John goes into the hotel, the woman completely dissapears out of sight, and even her car is gone.

-Also, I had this same problem with North X Northwest. The 'twist' is revealed too early. In North X Northwest, it's revealed that Cary Grant's character is chasing an 'invisible agent' early in the film. Why not wait and reveal that towards the end. In this one, I found it even worst. As soon as John finds the new girl, it's revealed that she's the actual woman that he 'fell in love with.' Why not wait until the end Church tower to reveal? I think if the audience feels that John is molding a stranger into his 'deceased lover', they would feel less sympathy for him. With the knowledge that she actually is the 'deceased lover,' I don't think there's much sympathy.

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What do you guys think of Vertigo? If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. Don't let its age turn you off, it's very watchable.



With the major exception of Psycho, Hitchcock's style wasn't about plot twists at the end. That just isn't how he felt suspense should be derived. Only a taste thing, but that's Hitchcock for you.

As for what I think of Vertigo, it is one of my least favorites in Hitch's canon, and I think his most overrated (with his re-make of his own The Man Who Knew Too Much right behind it).


If you're interested, take a look at THIS thread where some of us ranked our favorite Hitch flicks, THIS where we talked about "Hitchcockian" movies, and in THIS one a few of us eventually get into their likes/dislikes of Vertigo specifically. Happy reading!
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Originally posted by Guy

Some comments / questions.. (SPOILERS

-At the end, how could an approaching nun cause her to jump? It's not exactly a shocking sight.
First, I think you have to put yourself into that characters contexted & Situation also it freaked me out and sended shivers down my spin. It looked like as if it was the Grim Reaper coming out of the darkness to swallow her up. And that image has stayed with me since I first saw it.

-Was there any truth to the supernatural aspect of the film? I'm only asking, because when John goes into the hotel, the woman completely dissapears out of sight, and even her car is gone.
Nope, that was just made up for scottie to get involved with what's happening to his friends so called wife.


-Also, I had this same problem with North X Northwest. The 'twist' is revealed too early. In North X Northwest, it's revealed that Cary Grant's character is chasing an 'invisible agent' early in the film. Why not wait and reveal that towards the end. In this one, I found it even worst. As soon as John finds the new girl, it's revealed that she's the actual woman that he 'fell in love with.' Why not wait until the end Church tower to reveal? I think if the audience feels that John is molding a stranger into his 'deceased lover', they would feel less sympathy for him. With the knowledge that she actually is the 'deceased lover,' I don't think there's much sympathy.
I feel like your some what missing the point. it's not like that twist (or those twists) (were)was the most important aspects of the film. Yes, it was big, but there were other factors that come into play. Scottie undressing her stripping her down to her old self his knowledge of this and the fact that he wanted her to go threw it. Plus the final scene (Twist) is "THE END" it's the final twist of fate. Scottie with his Vertigo taking her up the flights of stairs breaking his fear but at the loss of losing his love forever.

As for North By Northwest you have to understand Hitchcock's themes. he made N by N as an innocent man(Everyday Man) on the run trying to prove something Innocents/Spy and what have you. I also beileve that there are more important things than just a macguffin/decoy to move the story along because that's basically what it was. I find the love relationship and the house scene at the end to be 10 time more vidal to the films involvment and enjoyment.

You make it sound like these twists were most important to the film and that the simple placement of them hurt or detracted from the film which I totally disagree with. If anything they added suspence to the story and depth to the characters.

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Guy
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Originally posted by L .B . Jeffries
Nope, that was just made up for scottie to get involved with what's happening to his friends so called wife.

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Yeah, but early in the film, Scotty sees the girl in the hotel, and when he goes inside, she's gone, and the woman at the desk says that no one came in.



Originally posted by Guy


Yeah, but early in the film, Scotty sees the girl in the hotel, and when he goes inside, she's gone, and the woman at the desk says that no one came in.
Well 2 things could have happened off the top of my head ONE The Lady at the desk could have missed her and than when they went up to her supposed room she came out of another room and went out. Or TWO did you ever think that the lady at the desk might have been payed off.



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I rewatched this Hitchcock classic a while back with my girlfriend, it was one of our first dates so i associate this film with good memories. I remember we were having a laugh at how bad Kim Novak's acting was as Matalan. Taking the twist into account though I suppose Kim Novak was deliberately acting fake and over the top. The techno colours in this film add to the hypnotic surrealism that Alfred Hitchcock was going for. Jimmy Stewart plays a private detective called Scotty and is hired to spy on Matalan who is supposedly possessed by a spirit of a woman long dead. After Scotty saves her life he falls in love with the idea of being responsible for her, and develops a saviour complex for Matalan. To him she is a lost cause who needs saving from herself, which I think adds to the infatuation he has for her, as he feels lost as well.

The reality is though that Scotty knows nothing about Matalan and is in love with the idea of her rather than who she actually is. After Matalan's 'Death' he find a woman identical to Matalan in every way. The only difference is she does not need saving and she is independent. Scotty's lack of control over Matalan's so-called double ganga, leads him to frustration and in his frustration he begins to wear her down, having her dress like the original Matalan.

One of the things I took away from Vertigo is that many people confuse love with possession, but the two couldn't be more opposite. Out of all the Alfred Hitchcock movies Vertigo is my favorite.

My rating...10 out of 10



@TheVanillaGorilla Vertigo was one of the movie nominations in the 25th Hall of Fame. All the members of that HoF watched Vertigo and wrote reviews of what they thought of it. You might be interested in seeing how other MoFos reacted to watching Vertigo.
25th Hall of Fame
On the 1st post from that link is all the reviews for Vertigo, they are linked so just click on them to read the reviews.



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The reality is though that Scotty knows nothing about Matalan and is in love with the idea of her rather than who she actually is. After Matalan's 'Death' he find a woman identical to Matalan in every way. The only difference is she does not need saving and she is independent. Scotty's lack of control over Matalan's so-called double ganga, leads him to frustration and in his frustration he begins to wear her down, having her dress like the original Matalan.

One of the things I took away from Vertigo is that many people confuse love with possession, but the two couldn't be more opposite. Out of all the Alfred Hitchcock movies Vertigo is my favorite.

My rating...10 out of 10
I think you meant to say "Madeleine". I agree with your rating, and believe that Vertigo is one of the greatest of all time movies.

There's been oodles of discussion over this film from every possible angle. Two of my favorite interesting scenes that are never resolved are:

1. When Scottie is precariously hanging off the gutter of the tall building in the opening scene, the officer offering to help falls to his death, and Scottie is left hanging. The next scene Scottie is at his girlfriend Midge's apartment discussing his future. How did he get out of the deathly trap? We don't know.

2. When Scottie follows Madeleine to the McKittrick Hotel, he sees her in a second floor window. But upon investigation she's not there, and the landlady hasn't seen her come in. What happened to Madeleine?

Hitchcock oftentimes is more interested in setting up a scene and how it relates to the story, as he is in resolving the scene. He's stated that he thinks that isn't important.



My first viewing of this has been possibly my favorite movie experience of all time. I want to view it again, but I'm almost scared to, because I don't want to experience anything less than what I did the first time.