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09/21/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Our Daily Free Stream: Obsessed With Vertigo. Ob er sie trainiert hat? Mit ihr geprobt? Ob er ihr zeigte, was sie zu tun und zu sagen hätte? Ein tief verwundeter Mensch stellt diese Fragen. Ein Mensch, mit dem wir sympathisieren. Es ist ein Mann, der eine Frau liebte, die nicht existiert. Nun fragt er verzweifelt die Person, die sie verkörperte. Diese echte Frau aber, liebt ihn! Sie hat ihn betrogen und damit sich selbst. - Vorsicht Spoiler! - Er, der seinen Traum der Realität vorzog, wird beide verlieren... Auf einer tieferen Ebene bringt uns Vertigo zum Nachdenken über Hitchcock. Ein Perfektionist vor allem darin, Frauen zu dirigieren. Er erschuf sie - in blond. Alle Hitchcock Frauen waren kalt und unnahbar. Gekleidet, dass es den Fetisch dahinter deutlich macht. Hitchcocks Fetisch. Of...


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08/07/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Fragments of a mirror.

There are very few Hitchcock films that I love, although I do like the Hitchcockian style. A blend of mystery, noir and romance, usually topped off with great performances and a surprising ending.
I still think his masterpiece is Psycho, but Vertigo would definitely come in close to number one on a scale of all of his films ranked (that I've seen).

The way the first two acts are put together impress me so much. It starts and you think it's going to be an ordinary thriller, but then it continues and hits you right where you don't expect it to.
I think the title Vertigo has another meaning. It's not only the main character's flaw, but it is also a comment about the film itself. It is constructed in such a way that all of a sudden you don't know what's going on and are plunged into the ...

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04/03/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A movie everyone should see

I’ll be honest; I’ve never been a huge Hitchcock fan. Unlike other famous directors he seems to actually have more “just okay” movies then great ones. Sure Vertigo and Psycho (and maybe Rear Window, I’m kind of on the fence about that one) are great. North by Northwest on the other hand is a bloated action thriller (kind of like a 1950’s Jason Bourne,) and The Birds is just a fun horror flick. You sure wouldn’t see most of Hitchcock’s flicks get 4/4.

Vertigo, as I just mentioned, is one of the exceptions to this rule. It is the only film that I am convinced had any personal meaning to Hitchcock. It is a movie about sexual obsession, but not in a cliché erotic manner, but in a creepy, almost fetishistic manner. It’s strikingly thought provoking, and even kind of disturbing.


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03/28/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A mystifying portrait of insanity and obsession!

John “Scottie” Ferguson (played by James Stewart), is a San Francisco policeman who is haunted by his severe acrophobia, which is caused from the guilt of an accidental death he feels responsible for. Due to Scottie's condition he feels confined to secluding himself from police work, until an old college friend Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore) asks him a favor. The favor is to "spy" on his beautiful wife Madeleine (Kim Novak), whom he fears has become possessed spirit of her great grandmother Carlotta Valdez. Or is she? As we are about to learn, nothing is quite as it seems at first.

After overcoming some initial reluctance, Scottie takes the job but soon finds himself captivated by the mysterious woman who he later saves from drowning after she unexpectedly jumps into San Francisco Bay. The...

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03/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Vertigo" by Yojimbo

An emotionally shattered ex-detective becomes obsessed with a young woman who resembles the love he failed to prevent from committing suicide in one of Alfred Hitchcock's great psychological thrillers. James Stewart gives one of his most intense performances as the disturbed acrophobic, and although not really known for her thespian skills, the lovely Kim Novak is actually very convincing in her dual roles as haunted heiress and stalkee. It's one of Hitch's most visually creative films with some very clever and subtle visual tricks and uses of shadow and lighting complimented by a wonderfully other-worldly soundtrack. Mixing elements of psychology, obsession, the supernatural and an extremely clever noir-style plot this is a unique film and one of the true classics. The climax is unforget...

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11/19/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Vertigo review

A retired detective John "Scottie" Ferguson helps his friend Gavin Elster to follow his wife Madeleine (Kim Novak) because of being possessed. Scottie explains and asks assistance from Midge Wood (Barbara Bel Geddes) to find a reason for Elster's wifes behavior. Madeleine commits suicide from a church bell tower which has an effect on Scottie who was admitted in a sanitarium. He meets a lady named Judy Barton from Kansas who reminds him of Madeleine. The two date and find out a revelation in the conclusion because of a necklace. a few lines from the film: John - "Anyone could become obsessed with the past with a background like that!" Gavin - "There's no way for them to understand. You and I know who killed Madeleine."

It starts slow with the conversations going on for better char...

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04/09/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Kim Novak Sizzles as Clever "Dumb Fox"

In Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, Vertigo, Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton (Kim Novak) is the ultimate femme fatale. Using beauty and the vulnerability of men to her advantage, Madeleine succeeds at getting two things: money and power.

Eventually, Madeleine's needs drive her to collude with Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore). Elster, then convinces his friend and retired detective, John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson (James Stewart), to monitor his wife's comings and goings, claiming Madeleine is mildly unstable and needs to be watched.

The business of following around another man’s wife struck John oddly at first. But after catching a glimpse of Elster's wife from a surreptitious distance, John is intrigued by her beauty.

Soon, John’s intention to investigate Madeleine’s strange behavior becomes anyt...


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03/28/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"I heard voices."

Such a beautiful, beautiful movie. It's like watching a dream. Hitchcock uses Stewart better than anyone ever did, taking his innate Everyman sensibility and placing it in the most disturbing of situations. Stewart shines as the melancholiac who can't stop obsessing over a woman who never really existed. Although Hitchcock hated Novak and her performance, she is more than serviceable; her woodenness, usually such a distracting liability, actually works to her advantage, both in playing up the creepy, dreamlike/necrophiliac overtones and in retrospect after we find who she "really" is. (This is no surprise--Grace Kelly, Janet Leigh and Tippi Hedren all bear witness to Hitch's talents in this regard.)

The San Francisco setting is lovingly photographed in rich color, with the winding...

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