Vertigo Overview:

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

BlogHub Articles:

Vertigo: Another Life for Alfred Hitchcock?s Classic

By Devon Powell on Sep 16, 2020 From Hitchcock Master

Exclusive Guest Article By: Dan Auiler This article is the second in a series of four guest articles to appear on this page in celebration of Universal?s release of??The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection.? Vertigo in 4K?The clarity, the better black levels from HDR, the extraordinary color?but I... Read full article

The Directors' Chair: Vertigo

By Theresa Brown on Apr 18, 2020 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

The Directors’ Chair: Vertigo (1958) ….. VERTIGO? ( 1958 ) ~ YOU STEPPED OUT OF MY DREAMS…AND INTO THE NIGHTMARE I CREATED VERTIGO is my favorite movie. Hands down, this is my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie. In fact, caveat emptor…if you fall in love in Hit... Read full article

Bernard Herrmann and Vertigo (1958)

By Carol Martinheira on Jan 27, 2020 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Bernard Herrmann and Vertigo (1958) On January 27, 2020 By CarolIn Uncategorized If pressed, I would have to say that Bernard Herrmann’s score for Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) is my all-time favorite movie score. I’ve mentioned this a few times h... Read full article

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

See all Vertigo articles

Quotes from

Scottie: I hope we will, too.
Madeleine: What?
Scottie: Meet again sometime.
Madeleine: We have.

Midge: You want to know something? I don't think Mozart's going to help at all.

Midge: I talked to the woman in musical therapy, and she said that Mozart's the boy for you.

read more quotes from Vertigo...

Facts about

The lighting changes when important events occur. For instance:
  • When Scotty first sees Madeleine in Ernie's restaurant, the light around her becomes unnaturally bright for a moment.
  • While Scotty is listening to the story of Madeleine's ancestor in the book shop, it gets very dark; once he exits the store, it brightens again.
  • When Scotty first sees Judy made up completely as Madeleine, she is lit by a blurred, ghostly green light (the reflected light from the neon sign outside the window).

It was rumored - and even written in Alfred Hitchcock's script notes - that Kim Novak dubbed the last line of the film, which was delivered by the nun. However, she denied this in an interview.
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.

read more facts about Vertigo...
Share this page:
Visit the Classic Movie Hub Blog CMH
book or play

See All Film Adaptations >>
Best Art Direction Oscar 1958

See more Academy Awards>>
Related Travel Sites

See All Related Sites >>
National Film Registry


Released 1958
Inducted 1989

See All Films in National Registry >>
Also directed by Alfred Hitchcock

More about Alfred Hitchcock >>
Also produced by Alfred Hitchcock

More about Alfred Hitchcock >>
Related Lists
Create a list

See All Related Lists >>
Also released in 1958

See All 1958 films >>
More "Book-Based" films

See All "Book-Based" films >>
More "Detectives" films

See All "Detectives" films >>
More "Mistaken Identity" films

See All "Mistaken Identity" films >>
More "Romance (Drama)" films

See All "Romance (Drama)" films >>