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Vertigo (1958) was a Crime - Mystery Film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and produced by Alfred Hitchcock and Herbert Coleman.

The film was based on the novel The Living and the Dead written by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac published in 1954.

Vertigo was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.

Academy Awards 1958 --- Ceremony Number 31 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Hal Pereira, Henry Bumstead; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Frank McKelvyNominated

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Film Noir Review: Vertigo (1958)

By Danilo Castro on May 22, 2018 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

“If I let you change me, will that do it? If I do what you tell me, will you love me?” As cinema?s reigning ?Master of Suspense?, Alfred Hitchcock usually made a point of keeping his audience in the loop. He believed that information and tension went hand in hand, and that by telling us ... Read full article

Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Vertigo” (60th Anniversary) (Giveaway runs through March 3)

By Annmarie Gatti on Feb 13, 2018 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Win tickets to see “Vertigo” on the big screen! In Select Cinemas Nationwide Sun Mar 18 and Wed Mar 21! “You shouldn’t keep souvenirs of a killing. You shouldn’t have been that sentimental.” CMH continues into our 3rd year of our partnership with Fathom Events ... Read full article

DOUBLE BILL #1 Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958)

By Carol Martinheira on Apr 10, 2017 From The Old Hollywood Garden

DOUBLE BILL #1 Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958) On April 10, 2017 By CarolIn Uncategorized A while ago, I wrote an article about the many similarities and differences between All About Eve (1950) and Sunset Boulevard (1950). It wasn?t really a comparison piece per... Read full article

Vertigo (1958)

By Beatrice on Aug 10, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Vertigo Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Written by Alec Coppel and Samuel A. Taylor from a novel by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac 1958/USA Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental The definition of a movie you must see before you die. The setting is San Francisco. ?Detectiv... Read full article

Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 14, 2016 From The Stop Button

Vertigo is a nightmare. It starts with James Stewart recovering from a nightmare only to find himself in another one. Kim Novak finds herself trapped in a similar nightmare. There’s a lot of beauty in the nightmare, but it’s still a nightmare. And nightmares get worse before anyone wakes... Read full article

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[to Scottie]
Gavin Elster: There's no way for them to understand. You and I know who killed Madeleine.

Gavin Elster: Scottie, do you believe that someone out of the past - someone dead - can enter and take possession of a living being?

Madeleine: Here I was born, and there I died. It was only a moment for you; you took no notice.

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Hitchcock hired Maxwell Anderson to write the first draft of the screenplay titled "Darkling I Listen" but it was rejected by Hitchcock.
Alfred Hitchcock: [hair] Carlotta and Madeline have spiral hairstyles, and Judy's hair colour is significant.
Numerous uses of repetition and reflection throughout, including:
  • The mirror on the way out of Ernie's restaurant; Scotty sees Madeleine reflected in it right after he has seen her for the first time.
  • The numerous reflections and repetitions of Madeleine throughout, including at least two women whom Scotty mistakes for her.
  • The metaphorical or dream mirrors that Madeleine describes as lining the corridor of her life.
  • Midge paints herself into the portrait of Madeleine's ancestor, and, in one shot, sits next to the self-portrait, as if doubled.
  • After showing Scotty the portrait, Midge sees herself reflected in the glass of the window.
  • Judy as Madeleine's reflection.
  • Madeleine as repetition or reflection of her ancestor.
  • Scotty repeating his former life.
  • Judy falls from the tower to her death the same way Madeleine did
  • There is a motif of spirals in the film, as literal shapes in the opening credits, and as the more abstract shape of the movie's plot, as well as the shape of the pivotal tower staircase.

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