Vertigo

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VERTIGO Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo is a thrilling film filled with mystery and suspense. However, Hitchcock left many unsolved issues at the end of this film. In contrast, when comparing Vertigo to more recent films of similar genre’, mysteries are usually always solved and thoroughly explained by the end of the film. Ironically, Hitchcock’s failure to explain everything to the audience in Vertigo is one of the film’s best attributes. This lack of knowledge allows the viewer to use their own imagination and speculate as to what might or might not have become of certain characters. Vertigo boasted several different themes. However, the “Ideal Woman – Lost” theme was the most prevalent (“Handout #1”). This theme was brought on by an obsessed “everyman” type. Jimmy Stewart, otherwise known as Scottie in the film, played this “everyman” type whose personality was maliciously twisted into an overly obsessive man. His cause for obsession was a beautiful, young woman played by Kim Novak, known as both Madeleine and Judy in the film. Madeleine drew Scottie in so deep, that he literally became a different person. This film mirrored Hitchcock’s personal feelings and was considered to be his favor Continue...


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While there are many scenes that prove the above theme, the following are three specific scenes that clearly spell out Scottie's obsession. Faced with a similar situation, most people would either call for help or assist an injured person to the emergency room. The scene where Scottie was sitting in his car alone after dropping Midge off at her home is a good first example. He definitely had more of an interest in her than a typical stranger would have in another passerby. To top it off, he took Madeleine to his apartment, not a hospital, and proceeded to undress her entire body while she lay there unconscious. These particular scenes are all very successful because they clearly spell out exactly what is happening to Scottie's emotional state. Together, Scottie and Judy had nothing to gain but tragedy. However, this job was consuming his life and Scottie was developing a serious intrigue for Madeleine, a very mysterious woman. Alfred Hitchcock was definitely ahead of his time and paved the way for many film-makers to learn from and expand on his expertise of being able to reach an audience, capture their attention, and make the audience feel what the characters are feeling. He said, "Please, do this for me! Do this for me! You can't possibly care! Please do this for me! (Stewart) He became so demanding and even became physically rough with her. He pleaded with her and even begged her to let him do it. This is clearly an act of obsession and perversion. Clearly his obsession had gone so far over the edge that he was in sheer desperation to successfully bring back the dead (Giannetti 265).

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