Vertigo Analysis

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Meticulously directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo a film-noir psychological thriller has become the greatest movie of all times in America. A police detective John Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart) gets crushed with vertigo and acrophobia after chasing a criminal on the rooftops of San Francisco, and watching his colleague fall to death. Criminal Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore) places reliance on Scottie’s mental illness in order for the murder of his wife Madeleine ( Kim Novak) to appear as a suicide. Manipulation, obsession and guilt accompany Scottie during the pursuit of Madeleine.
Throughout the film, Alfred Hitchcock brilliantly emphasizes the spinning effects of Scottie’s vertigo obviously with strong visual images, and figuratively through repetitions and metaphors.
Clearly, the most compelling evidence of imbalance develops within the opening sequence of the film and continues through camera filters and special shots. A close up on a flickering woman’s eye surrounded by a foggy red background depicts a palpable fear. In addition, elliptical and circular graphics pop up and keep on whirling to visualize the dizzying effect of vertigo. Towards the end of the opening, Vertigo hit the center of the screen. Those graphic details shed the light on Scottie’s disorientation; Not only is it felt but also it is lived and seen. Moreover, Roger Ebert within his summary of the film describes the famous shot that stimulates the fear of heights and creates unsettling moments and
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