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Vertigo (1958)

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Vertigo (1958)



James Stewart
Kim Novak
Barbara Bel Geddes

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Distributed by Paramount Pictures

Vertigo is a mystery film in the late 50s that has a way of luring you in till you become hooked to see how it is all going to turn out.

I love the nice twist in the ending that makes you know that all that you are watching is just a setup that is if you have not read the book prior to watching this classic.

Although many a classics have been made, Vertigo has received many praises which I believe it does not deserve. Viewers may be bored by the lengthy drama, but if you are the kind that loves to see how it is going to turn out, then Vertigo is a movie for you.

The film stars James Stewart (It's A Wonderful Life) as former police detective John "Scottie" Ferguson, who had to retire due to disabilities (vertigo and clinical depression) incurred when a police colleague died trying to save him.

Scottie gets a call from an old friend who hires him as a private investigator to follow his wife, Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak) who is behaving strangely.

Scottie begins the job which led to him falling in love and becoming obsessed with his work.

The screenplay is an adaptation of the French novel The Living and the Dead (D'entre les morts) by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac.

Although Vertigo is fun to watch, it may be a bore at times and has so many loose ends. Some of the times the camera angles were weird, the use of the zoom to play out the vertigo feeling is to be praised though.

Well if you are ready to sit 2 hours for a movie to thrill ya, then vertigo is it. If not try something else.


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