|Page 7 of 62:||               |
|Index||615 reviews in total|
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Never before has a director so masterfully rotated gender politics in classic Hollywood cinema - but we have come to expect nothing less from Hitchcock, the master of ingenuity, and the master of suspense. An original, enticing and fascinating piece of work, this film has everything. A tale of mystery and obsession with a shocking twist, a skewed sense of reality, and fabulous acting set amongst garish Technicolor and jarring mdse-en-scene, "Vertigo" is ultimately unmissable. What makes this film so special though, is its appeal to human emotions. Freud himself could not have written a film that raises so many psychoanalytic questions - and doesn't even begin to answer them. "Vertigo" is a film which others must be held up against. 10/10.
First off, Great movie but I still think that North by Northwest was better (mostly because of the comical elements in it). The plot structure was set up in a way that can only be referred to as Hitchcock. The movie was split into two three act stories divided by the death of Madeleine. Particularly interesting was the fact that these two stories mirror each other and both end with a death in the convent. Hitchcock has a way of creating suspenseful situations that many modern film makers attempt to reproduce. I love the end when Jimmy Stewart's character is getting more and more irate when suddenly a dark figure appears in the doorway and scares Madeleine. Who knew that nuns could be so freaky. Also, Hitchcock blended elements of French Impressionism and Classic Hollywood styles together to create a simply genius film that I would recommend to everyone.
This is the closest that comes to my all-time favorite and most effecting film. When I tell someone to see only one Hitchcock film this is it. Not because it displays all of Hitch's talent, but for a greater reason. After having seen nearly forty of his films it seems there is no set style, the PSYCHO "shower" scene is not how we should judge Hitchcock, his restraint and minimal work is his best(i.e. SHADOW of a DOUBT, NOTORIOUS, REBECCA). Try not to feel for Stewert's "Scotty", it is hard since a lot of us have a little of him in us. It definitely is a film that exists in the universe of Hitchcock films (a man on the run, or falsely accused, or seeking the truth). I promise you will be drawn in. See it, know it, love it, and repeat, again, and again and again. Remember: VERTIGO IS ONE OF THE THREE BEST HITCHCOCK FILMS, and I've seen enough of them to say so.
Vertigo was a DAMN good film. I was quite surprised with how much I liked
it, considering I don't seem to like most Hitchcock movies as much as most
At first, I was a little worried about the film. Some of the expository dialog was poorly written in one scene near the beginning. Fortunately, that was the only time it was an issue. From that point on the story developed beautifully and was totally engrossing.
One interesting aspect of the story is that its structure is unusual. There is a point in the film that looks like it should be the end, yet the story goes on. I don't want to give too much away, so that's all I'll say about that. You'll know what I mean when you watch the movie.
One thing that kind of irked me about the movie (and does about Hitchcock in general) is that too many of the scenes were filmed on sound stages. I guess that was the norm back then, but there are some scenes where the setting looks very artificial. Growing up with movies that were filmed on location, I probably expect too much.
Anyway, Vertigo was truly an amazing movie; don't let my criticisms fool you. It is a wonderful story wonderfully told with wonderful characters. Truly a classic that everyone should see.
My rating: 9/10
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Despite being in my late 20's and an movie-fan, this is my very first time
seeing Vertigo thanks to the joys of DVD, in what is a bit of a Hitchcock
discovery phase for me.
I saw Rear Window for the first time also a week ago and was impressed but not blown away.. but oh what a different story for this one!!
* SPOILER SPACE *
Absolutely breathtaking, mesmerising, engrossing, all of those things - and incredible visuals for 1958!! I can only imagine what people must have thought in the cinema at the time.
I guess for anyone who feels the movie is too long and slow and didn't enjoy just didn't get captivated by the tragic romance nor could identify so many feelings in each character. Kim Novak was the mesmerising aspect of this role - totally believable in all her guises, amazing performance.
I didn't think Jimmy Stewart was the perfect kind of person to play the lead role - perhaps too old or too staid, excelling as the likeable everyman but lacking in real open-hearted emotion as is his typical chararcter. But I must say perhaps it's because we are used to this that the film packs an extra emotional punch.
I'm still at odd's over the ending. It is so abrupt - why does she react so suddenly to the appearance of the Nun, becuase of the ghostly shilouette. What about the Nun's incredible aloof reaction! Something just doesn't seem fair about this movie, but maybe that is the whole point. Love like this is never fair.
I could go on and on but believe me the rumors are true - this is one heck of a movie - not your typical Hitchcock movie and just a brilliant piece of filmaking that stands the test of time..
The opening title credits of Vertigo have to be the most alluring,
engulfing, provoking titles Hollywood has ever seen. The spirals guide you
into the state of mind of the characters, as well as the tone of the film.
Jimmy Stuart, plays against type, classic of Hitchcock's directorial style. He transforms Stuart from the Aw Shucks character we all love, to an obsessive, anxiety-driven flawed human being. And Kim Novack- how did she learn to act so quickly? Her performance is breathtaking to say the least.
What makes Vertigo very enjoyable for me is that it's a love story disguised as a detective thriller. Sure, the suspense is there, and more effective than ever, but this movie is about LOVE. Oh, love justifies why Judy lets Scotty do those horrible things to her. Love explains why Scotty loses her in the first place. Hitchcock has proven himself as the master of suspense, but I think that this film, along with Notorious, elevates him to a director that understands the burning passion that can exist between two people.
The music, once again Bernard Herman has come through, really ties the film together. There is actually more music than dialog, setting the mood and hypnotizing us ever so gently. The nightmare sequence is reason enough to see it- so abstract, so expressionistic. Finally, the use of color and> cinematography bring forth a dimension that was totally new and unexpected in Hollywood.
I would argue that Vertigo is Hitchcock's best film. I would argue that it's even one of the best American films ever.
In the fifties, Jimmy Stewart made some movies that portrayed him in a not very flattering light. The man that we saw normally playing the bumbling, shy yet great guy was now selfish, vindictive and had lost all faith in humanity. These were great movies and his Scottie in "Vertigo" is one of the better examples of this. Alfred Hitchcock weaves a tale that after watching makes the viewer feel uncomfortable with their feelings. For we identify with Scottie and understand what he does and why we might have done it as well. This is why I think another viewing would be beneficial because knowing all the secrets allows the viewer to watch the movie from a more objective point of view and see how twisted someone can become.
This movie entertains because the director uses the beauty of San Francico, Kim Novak and a good score. The first time I saw this movie, the absurdities were overcome by the above. But after seeing the movie for the third or fourth times, the plot begins to grate on my penchant for logic. I don't mind fantasy, or even science fiction. But, its got to be logical. I find the concept of entering into a murder conspiracy with an accomplice who is as attractive as Kim Novak, and not insist that she move, is simply unblievable. Take it from an old detective, San Francico in the 50's was not big enough to hide a Kim Novak from the eye of a good detective. Then there is the scene at the tower. Its not bad enough that we have to see it once, we see it several times in cartoon color. when you commit a murder, you better think of as many varibles as you can, or you will get caught. Unless you murder some street person and nobody cares. The complex murder scheme makes for great entertainment. But consider this point. How sure could you be that Scotty would leave the scene? Even if he left the tower, the odds are that he would remain in the area. He's a former cop. He's just witnessed a suicide. He can't leave. One of the most absurd scenes is at the inquest, where he is having his character pummeled. Was this the writer's attempt to make Scotty's leaving the scene seem the most logical reaction? Well, it didn't work on me the last time I saw this film.
Though I enjoyed this film I think at times it can be overrated by
various critics and members of the public. I would recommend it to a
friend but only as a solid film and not 'a timeless classic' as it is
The ending of the film is certainly very striking and memorable and was a well done climax after a pretty average build up. The music used really adds to shock value of the ending.
The characters in this film are what let's this film down the most. Most of the acting is wooden and not believable whatsoever. James Stewart is hopeless as the lead character and really drags the film down with a performance that could send anyone to sleep. Other supporting actors are 'ok' but none will leave you amazed and none are memorable bar the one saving grace in the cast Kim Novak; She is fantastic in her dual roles as Madeline and Judy and her performance will grip you and added to the feelings of shock and sadness I felt at the ending.
Hitchcock is superb as Director as always. The way the film is made; from every camera angle to every sound you hear creates suspense and anticipation. The build-up to the climax is done very well and the climax itself executed to a good standard.
Though well-made it is not 'perfect' and the first part of the film probably over did it when trying to create suspense and was in all honestly, a bit boring. If the pacing to the first half was altered slightly and Stewart had put a little more effort in this could have been near perfect.
Okay, so I love this movie just a little! But what's not to love! One
Of Hitchcock's greatest movies in my opinion. There are so many good
characters in this movie - but I almost think my favorite character is
the city of San Francisco. Not really, it's Jimmy Stewart. BUT San Fran
sure figures prominently in the movie. What a gorgeous city. Perhaps
I'm a little partial because my husband & I spent our honeymoon there
20 years ago. The cinematography alone is worth seeing this movie as it
is filmed beautifully. Also, there is some artistic twists like the
green lights and haze in Novaks apartment.
This movie is definitely a great plot twister the 1st time you see it. It of course loses some of the bang with subsequent viewings since you know the twist. However, subsequent viewings are still enjoyable as I always notice different tidbits and details I didn't catch before.
I love Jimmy Stewart in his love-sick puppy, obsession role. I love the title theme music. It starts creating tension right off the bat, and keeps your pulse going throughout the movie, anticipating what is going to happen next.
I just recently re-watched the movie (probably my 5-6th time) with my 14 year old daughter, who was seeing it for the first time. I had yet been able to convince her to watch any old, classic movies with me ( too old fashioned in her mind). But for whatever reason, she agreed this time. And what a great 1st classic movie for her to see. I was surprised but she not only stuck with it all the way to the end, but was actually somewhat riveted throughout the movie! What surprised me is she somewhat predicted the ending ahead of time. That kind of shocked me because I never saw it coming the first time I watched.
I'm not sure why, but Midge's character creeps me out more with each viewing. Especially the painting scene - she seems like a stalker, obsessed lover. But Bel Geddes plays her beautifully.
You definitely have to see this movie. It is one of Hitchcock's best!
|Page 7 of 62:||               |
|Plot summary||Plot synopsis||Ratings|
|Awards||Newsgroup reviews||External reviews|
|Parents Guide||Plot keywords||Main details|
|Your user reviews||Your vote history|