|Hailed as hitchcock's ultimate cinematic masterpiece, this tale of obsession, phobia and murder stars stewrt as a troubled detective obsessed with a lost love and her lookalike. Contains: feature commentary with associate producer herbert coleman and restoration team robert A. Harris and james C. Kats and more.|
"...a Hitchcock classic... The Motion Picture Guide
"...a genuinely great motion picture. Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Editor's NoteVERTIGO is Alfred Hitchcock's haunting tale of deception, madness, and death--a masterful exploration of fantasy and anxiety. The film ranks with REAR WINDOW as one of the director's most closely studied films for its psychological complexity, while the obsession of its protagonist--John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart)--can also be seen to parallel that of Hitchcock's own fascination with the icy-blonde leading lady he re-created at the center of so many of his films. Ferguson is a retired detective, his career ended by the onset of a paralyzing fear of heights. An old friend, the wealthy Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore), hires Ferguson to follow his wife (Kim Novak), whom, he explains, has grown obsessed with an ancestor of hers. The assignment, however, draws Ferguson out of his comfortable role as observer and into a complex web of intrigue, mingled with the detective's own fantasies and fears. Stewart gives an exceptional performance as the disintegrating detective, while Novak, who was left largely undirected by Hitchcock, conveys a subtle and powerful psychological journey. Another star of the film is its San Francisco setting. VERTIGO is considered one of Hitchcock's most complex, finest films.
Cast & Crew
|Barbara Bel Geddes|
|i Boileau & Thomas Narcejac - Based On Novel By|
|Alfred Hitchcock - Director|
|Robert Burks - Director of Photography|
|Bernard Herrmann - Musical Score|
|Alfred Hitchcock - Producer|
|Alec Coppel - Screenplay|
|Samuel A. Taylor - Screenplay|
Plot SummaryA detective tails a cool, glamorous woman around the equally glamorous San Francisco of the 1950s; his fear of heights prevents him from saving her life. Obsessed with the dead woman, he stalks, meets, and manipulates a suspiciously similar-looking, if somewhat lower-class, woman, who inexplicably falls for him even though he demands she change her identity to match his fantasy. VERTIGO is an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, in Technicolor as lurid as its plot. The year 1996 saw the acclaimed rerelease of a restored, remastered version. The film is based on the novel D'ENTRE LES MORTS by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac.
|Henry Bumstead, et al., Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration|
|George Dutton, Nominee, Best Sound|