Alfred Hitchcock presents Vertigo

An ex detective John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson is hired by an old college friend to follow is wife Madeleine due to some strange ocurrences  in her behavior. It is believed that she is a reincarnation of a lady who long since past. After rescuing her from what seems like a suicide attempt he gets to know her and they fall in love. In trying to have her overcome what she is going through he takes to an old mission church were she slips away from climbing the steeple and unable to follow her she plummetsto her death.  blaming himself for her death is pulls away from everyone, until he meet Judy Barton. Because of her striking resemblance to the late Madeleine this is when in the words of  Alfred Hitchcock “Attempts to re-create the image of a dead woman through another one who’s alive”. In the end he finds out that she was Madeleine the the entire time.

In Hitchcock and Truffaut when explaining the story Alfred  Hitchcock explains why he chose to let the  viewer in on knowing right off the bat that Judy is really Madeleine. In the book the audience and John finds out at the end as a surprise.  Instead of going for the element of surprise he went for the element of suspense he explains  that like a child listening to a story and asking what comes next in the case of the second part of Vertigo is as if nothing comes next therefore by having the audience find out that they are the same person leaves the audience in suspense wondering his reaction when he finds out. This is a very bold move which i believe was brilliantly executed. After watching the first half I was left with an uneased feeling about what happen and why wasnt the movie over, when it was revealed that she was the same person I once again became interested in what was going to happen. Even though it was revealed in the middle the ending still had a bit of a surprise.

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9 Responses to “Alfred Hitchcock presents Vertigo”

  1. lobioha Says:

    Vertigo was a brilliantly crafted film. What were your thoughts on the Hitchcock’s male gaze on the film. How women were presented in the film were is something to really take note of. Scottie was just so easliy fooled and blinded by love. This movie reminds me of double indemnity.

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