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Female Portraits In Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo

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In Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, it is the second category of women portrait that is represented: the mother figure, the main female character identifies with. The movie follows the story of John Ferguson surnamed "Scottie", a detective who is hired to follow his client’s wife Madeleine. The client is worried for his wife because she is obsessed with the life of one of her dead ancestor who killed herself. He fears that she is going to repeat the same mistakes. The portrait of Carlotta embodies the ghost of the dead woman and Madeleine’s obsession with her. The portrait of Carlotta was painted for the movie. Its style refers to the tradition of Thomas Gainsborough’s portrait of English aristocracy. Carlotta’s portrait is thus painted in oil
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