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The movie Vertigo begins with lead male Scottie, played by James Stewart, being forced to retire after witnessing his partner’s death from falling after which he develops a strong case of acrophobia. Scottie is then hired by a friend to investigate his estranged wife, Madeline, played by Kim Novak, who he suspects is destined to commit suicide.
What ensues is a love story that ends in a tragedy not once but twice as Scottie falls for Madeline who eventually does commit suicide. Scottie then meets Judy who he believes strongly resembles the long-deceased Madeline.
Judy and Scottie begin a romantic entanglement with tragic consequences and a dramatic reveal in the plot makes this twisted tale of deception and desire one of Hitchcock’s most critically scrutinised movie of all time.
Pioneering Filming techniques
It is in Vertigo that Hitchcock’s filming genius and creativity can truly be appreciated. Through the use of clever camera tricks Hitchcock manipulates what the audience think and feel when watching certain scenes in his movie.
For example, a pivotal moment in Vertigo is the iconic 360-degree kiss through the power of creative camera angles. Hitchcock lets us see Scottie’s hallucination as the camera does a full 360 degree turn around the kissing couple, as the scenery slowly alters to another important location in the movie.
Hitchcock helps his audience experience Scottie’s crippling acrophobia as he climbs to the top of a church tower. Glancing down the shaft the set seems to twist and spin an effect achieved with the dolly technique. A clever trick where the cameras focal point is fixed and zoomed into whilst at the same time panning away. Most unsettling for the viewer, achieving what has now been dubbed the Vertigo Effect.
Mixed reception and interpretation
Hitchcock’s Vertigo is a psychological thriller that has been subject to many interpretations as the movie is said to reference a step slope of psychological undertones. Film critics have labelled Vertigo a study of humanities desire, a focus on societies dependence on artificiality, where other believe it reveals a level of female objectification and subjectivity.
Originally Vertigo was a flop compared to Hitchcock’s earlier releases, for which the director blamed James Stewart’s increasing age.
After the movie was removed from circulation in 1973 and rereleased in the 80s Vertigo gained a renewed recognition and by 1989 was recognised as a film with cultural, historical and aesthetic significance by the US Library of Congress. Later being listed for preservation by the National Film Registry.
In 2012 BFI recognised Vertigo as the greatest film of all time, after knocking 50-year chart topper, Citizen Kane off the top spot.
Vertigo was nominated for two academy awards in the technical categories for Best Art Direction and Best Sound but was awarded neither.
Perhaps the best accolade any director can wish for is to be recognised by his peers. Although for Hitchcock this too was a mix, as Orson Welles openly disliked Vertigo deeming it “even worse” than Rear Window, yet Martin Scorsese counts Vertigo as one of his favourite films of all time.
A fan of French crime fiction, Hitchcock came across two authors, Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, writers of crime novels that inspired him. Rumour has it the inspiring novel for Vertigo was written specifically for a Hitchcock adaption, although this was strongly denied by the authors. The novel titled ‘From Among the Dead’ served as the inspiration for Vertigo and producers at Paramount Pictures bought the rights to the story for little over $25,000.
Whilst filming Vertigo Hitchcock seemed to relinquish some of the obsessive control he was known for. He allowed on site filming and was even rumoured to be nice to his leading lady, Kim Novak even said Hitchcock was “a joy to work with”.
Was it the shift from producing romantic thrillers to a romantic psychological thriller that loosened his grip? Or perhaps that he suffered two illnesses during the making of the movie and needed to be hospitalised? We will never really know the reason for Hitchcock’s sudden change in directive approach whilst filming Vertigo. Whatever the reason it served him well as Vertigo has today found it’s place high in the list of the world’s most celebrated movies of all time.