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Vertigo

(DVD - 1999 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A detective with a fear of heights is drawn into a complex plot involving a woman who is apparently being driven to suicide by one of her ancestors.
Title: Vertigo
[videorecording]
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal, c1999
Edition: Collector's ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Newly restored
For specific features see interactive menu
Rated PG
DVD, Dolby noise reduction, stereo surround, digitally recorded
Videodisc release of the 1958 motion picture by Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions and Paramount Pictures Corporation
Based on the novel D'entre les morts by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac
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Summary: A detective with a fear of heights is drawn into a complex plot involving a woman who is apparently being driven to suicide by one of her ancestors.
ISBN: 0783226055
Branch Call Number: VERTIGO
Statement of Responsibility: [directed by Alfred Hitchcock]
Credits: Screenplay, Alec Coppel & Samuel Taylor ; music, Bernard Herrmann.
Performers: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones.
System Details: DVD
Other Language: English, French, and Spanish language tracks ; English, French, and Spanish subtitles ; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Spanish language materials French language materials Detective and mystery films Feature films
Topical Term: Spanish language materials
French language materials
Detective and mystery films
Feature films
Publisher No: 20183
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May 14, 2014
  • Libraryman1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A longtime Hitchcock favorite of mine, this along with Rear Window and Dial M are recommended viewing for fans of Hitch's work. Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak were both spectacular and I love how the suspense bullds and builds till it reaches the conclusion, a pre requisite in these types of genre films.

The intensity builds so menancingly you may think it cannot deliver. The climactic scene is one of the greatest, and Stewart perfectly plays the man out of his depth and sinking ever so slowly. A entire film course could be based on this one film of Hitchcock's. The photography alone is sumptious, and as for Kim Novak...what a vision.

Sep 23, 2013
  • lindy919 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This movie is completely over-rated. The 1st half is good but the 2nd gets creepy (not in a good way) as his obsession grows. Too many coincidences; too much explaining what happened in matter of fact conversation. And, oh yah..., NOT SUSPENSEFUL

Jun 20, 2013
  • GerryD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Considered one of the Top 10 classic 'English' movies (my researched #5), and my favourite mystery film, with Hitchcock at the helm. The BFI voted it #1 this past year but out of 14 other ranked lists I have researched, the highest rankings were a 3 and a 4, with some scores in double digits. This top mystery film is followed by "Chinatown" at #9. _____ As an aside, how can so many of the classic movies on this site end up with an Average Rating of two stars out of five? Why are these individuals assigning stars of 0.5 and 1, given the fact they seldom take the time to provide Comments to support their low ratings? _____ See my GerryD Lists for other classic movies.

If you are interested we will be discussing this movie at the Carlingwood Library Film Club on July 9/13 at 7:00 pm. See you there

This is one of my favorite Hitchcock movies, along with North by Northwest, The Birds and many others.
When I last watched it, I was much younger and don't remember it being so eerie and quiet. There are many scenes where there is no dialogue and just facial expressions or Bernard Herman's (sp?) fantastic score is telling the story. That's all to the good since the story is also quiet and inside, dealing with emotions and obsession.
Also, this restored version is beautiful and very clean.
If you liked the other movies I mentioned, then I would certainly watch Vertigo.

Finally, I noticed a couple of age notations, but honestly I don't know what the problem would be except for a very young child and I don't think they would stay interested in it for long anyway.

Vertigo is not that dated. The way Novak obeys Stewart's delusional demands is not that far fetched. The power elite in this country still expect women to follow their delusional orders/laws, like Todd Aiken's views of the magical uterus. Novak's willingness to be treated as an object of Stewart's/Hitchcock's fantasy is not that dated. Beautiful women still like old nutjobs telling them what to do: "Women are biologically unfit to be the boss" (Rashida Jones in Entertainment Weekly 8/10) The Republican plan is for old white men to tell women what they can do with their bodies. The civil rights movement took away a large portion of the fantasy of dominance. For old white men women are all that's left of the dream of control.

This may Hitchcock's most personal film. It has more to do with fantasy/obsession than with plot or character. It casts a dream-like spell, much like Henry Hathaway's Peter Ibbeston (part of the set titled The Gary Cooper Collection)

Feb 11, 2013
  • mad64 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

This is a very slow plot development to get the Hitchcock twists.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A slick ghost story with a twist. I love everything about this movie. Brilliant composer Bernard Herrmann's (North By Northwest, Psycho, etc.) intense score; the San Francisco setting; the '50s cars; Kim Novak (rrRROWWRR!!). One issue I do have though, and I realize the roles men and women played in 1958 has a lot to do with it... It's amazing to me how offensive Stewart's character Scottie was in the name of his obsession - blatantly and unapologetically transforming Judy into Madeline... and she allowed him to! Grow a spine, woman! She could've had ANYBODY who loved her for HER, nevermind some nutjob 25 years older than her! Man, times have changed in 54 years. She should've told him to hit the bricks! (lol - I know, then there'd be no movie) Ok, I'm done. Oh well. Still a Hitchcock masterpiece, nevertheless. Bonus features are awesome. FIVE STARS.

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Feb 21, 2010
  • nadian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Feb 21, 2010
  • nadian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Scenes of death and frightening images.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Judy: "If I let you change me, will that do it? If I do what you tell me, will you love me?" Scottie: "Yes. Yes." Judy: "Alright. Alright then, I'll do it. I don't care anymore about me."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Midge (on Scottie's breakdown): "You want to know something? I don't think Mozart's going to help at all."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Madeleine (to Scottie, pointing to rings of a cross sectioned sequoia tree, which correlate to years): "Here I was born, and there I died. It was only a moment for you; you took no notice."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Madeleine: "Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Scottie: "What's this doohickey?" Midge: "It's a brassiere! You know about those things, you're a big boy now."

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Feb 17, 2014
  • jjd66 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Martin Scorsese on Vertigo

1958 Trailer for "Vertigo"

Original trailer for Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film, "Vertigo."

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