Vertigo

Vertigo

DVD - 1999
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This tale of obsession, fear and murder stars Stewart as a detective afraid of heights who is obsessed with a lost love and her look-alike, Kim Novak.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c1999.
Edition: Collector's ed. --
ISBN: 9780783226057
0783226055
Branch Call Number: FIC Verti 6998mc 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
1 videodisc (128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. --

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Maoisdead
Sep 12, 2017

One, if not the best of Hitchcock's movies. Only " North by Northwest " comes close. A true cinematic masterpiece.

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ba_library
Sep 05, 2017

More of a psychological thriller. An acrophobic (fear of heights) detective (Jimmy Stewart) is hired by his friend to follow his wife (Kim Novak) who seems to be delusional. Which leads to more confusion as Jimmy falls in love with the wife. He always seems to end up in high places . . . hmmmm. Released in 1958, set in San Francisco, the mystery continues throughout, not really sure why they set-up Jimmy (he doesn’t seem to know why either) perhaps that is why the DVD container says it “demands multiple viewing.” When the story line confused me, I was completely distracted with Kim Novak’s eyebrows (painted on?) Worth a watch, if only to add to your multiple viewings or to enjoy San Francisco in the 1950s.

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VonHafenstaaad
Apr 27, 2017

Why is this movie Hitchcock's masterpiece? Because no movie plunges us more deeply into the dizzying heart of erotic obsession.

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RobertC65
Apr 03, 2017

This is one of Hitchcock's greatest films-James Stewart and Kim Novak are amazing in their roles with elements that are sympathetic and psychological. Bernard Hermann's soundtrack only keeps the suspense in the air as the the story unfolds. Brilliant!

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TheeAvebury
Aug 04, 2016

Hitchcock's masterpiece- I find myself watching this every few years to re- acquaint myself with it's genius.

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JackamoJames
Mar 28, 2016

I had not seen this for 20 years and quite frankly was surprised that it had held up so well, except I also found it was a bit chauvinistic. I don't agree that it was hitchs' masterpiece but it sure was a good one.

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Davidf05
Oct 18, 2015

The greatest Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece of all time even better then Psycho!

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Calvacade
Jul 08, 2015

Probably Hitchcock's masterpiece- this film has had a major influence on many noted directors over the years.

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Triple_X_Rex
May 23, 2015

Yep. Vertigo has got to be one of the most absurd and disturbing movies about men and their "modern-day" mental illnesses that I have ever seen. It's true.

The mental illness that I'm talking about here is, of course - Men's totally twisted and fanatical obsession about having complete and absolute control over women.

You know, I'd say that when it comes to one of Hitchcock's most psychotic "movie-psychos" of all-time - Scottie Ferguson here in Vertigo makes Norman Bates from Psycho look, by comparison, as if he were "normal", yes, NORMAL. I mean, Scottie was one really whacked-out maniac, that's for sure!

Personally, I think that director Alfred Hitchcock went way too far out on a shaky limb with this one. And, being way out there, he ended up losing his balance and, literally, getting "vertigo", himself. This film is nothing but a bird's eye view of a supremely grotesque freak show with Scottie (representing the average American psycho, I mean, the average American male) as the main monster of attraction.

At a running time of 130 minutes, Vertigo really only begins to pick up steam in the last 30 minutes. The first 100 minutes of it is just endlessly drawn out 'build-up', extremely drab, most of it.

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Derringer
May 21, 2015

Hitchcock's "Vertigo" (?) - Strictly a case of possession-obsession - A deadly disturbing portrait of an All-American man, his mounting madness, and Judy's beauty parlor make-over from hell.

Of all the Hitchcock films that I've seen over the years, I'd certainly rank Vertigo as my least favorite, by far. When you carefully look below the surface of things in this one, not only can you smell the reek of misogyny, but you also get the stink of one of the most vile and unpalatable character studies (of an apparently "normal" American male, in the form of Scottie Ferguson) that you are ever going to see.

Scottie's actions were so clearly that of a bona-fide psycho. So much so that, in a sense, he ended up killing Madeleine, not once, but twice. And if that ain't crazy, then I don't know what is.

As slow-paced as Vertigo initially was at the start, all-in-all, it was a fairly intriguing Mystery/Thriller that worked fine up to about the half-way point. Then once Madeleine was "killed" for the first time, things quickly deteriorated into one of the most morbid and thoroughly tasteless obsessions involving a memory of the dead and a feeble attempt at its subsequent resurrection.

*Trivia note* - Actor James Stewart, who played Scottie, was 50 at the time. Kim Novak, who played Madeleine/Judy, was only 25. From my point of view, this huge age gap alone didn't help matters much when trying to pass these two off as believable on-screen lovers.

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sanfranciscogirl
Mar 23, 2015

"The things that spell San Francisco to me are disappearing fast... I should have liked to have lived here then — color, excitement, power, freedom." -Gavin Elster

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Monolith
Jul 19, 2012

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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Monolith
Jul 19, 2012

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

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Monolith
Jul 19, 2012

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."

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Monolith
Jul 19, 2012

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

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Monolith
Jul 19, 2012

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."

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nadian Feb 21, 2010

Violence: Scenes of death and frightening images.

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