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½ April 20, 2018
Vertigo has its small flaws such as the brushing aside of the Midge character as well as the twist being revealed way too soon, but it's still a great twist and the overall storyline is a one of a kind, authentic and deeply hypnotic, even personal tale of obsession. The film achieves its enigmatic, dreamlike and weird quality thanks to terrific sound effects, beautiful score and some unforgettable imagery at display such as the bell tower and the bridge scene. The performances from Kim Novak and James Stewart are also superb and their characters are quite fascinating and their romance is unforgettable.
April 8, 2018
Rewatched Feb 04, 2018
On second viewing, there were a lot of great things that I hadn't noticed the first time around; subtle clues of the twists to come, being able to view the film while knowing the inevitable outcome adds a new level of tragedy to the events of the film for the viewer.
April 2, 2018
I love the color though I am left wondering if it was filmed black and white originally. Good surprise I didn't see it coming. Discussion point: he was rough with her making her go up the stairs. Forcing her to go. Could he be tied to murder? Thoughts on him making Judy up exactly like Madeline? How long was he in the medical clinic with the doctor after the supposed suicide? Where is the climax? The name of the suspense is the kind where you can see the bomb on the table but you don't know when or how exactly it will go off.
April 1, 2018
Absolutely magnificent, 'Vertigo' is a masterclass of storytelling and filmmaking. The story is exceptionally well-written with incredible depth and many shocking twists; just when you think that's it, another turn of events takes you completely by surprise, leaving your head spinning and in a state of complete awe at what's going on. Hitchcock's directing is supreme with a great use of camera-work, music and effects, putting it together wonderfully to create the maximum amount of intrigue, mystery and suspense. What a treat with an unpredictable conclusion that ties everything up neatly and leaves you reeling.
March 24, 2018
Beautifully shot, interesting plot, ending was clever and unexpected. First half of the film was a bit boring. Cautionary tale of the dangers of dishonesty.
March 22, 2018
As to whether it is Alfred Hitchcock's best is debatable, but it is most secure demonstration of his understanding of the art of filmmaking. It's one of the greatest uses of color in history and also a breathtakingly moving film. It doesn't as much as reinforce his title as "The Master of Suspense" as much as it justifies his position as a cinematic artist.
½ February 24, 2018
In truly unpredictable fashion, Alfred Hitchcock directs one of the most mind-bending, if not of the fastest, psychological thrillers of all time, with plenty of detail, creativity, and confidence.
½ February 18, 2018
So bad it was funny.
February 14, 2018
Representative of Alfred Hitchcock at his worst, Vertigo is a sickeningly self indulgent affair. Text book how not to make a long movie, this flick simply faffs around doing pretty much nothing for two hours just so it can hit us with a ridiculous, completely baseless plot twist in the last ten minutes. Staying awake is hard enough watching Vertigo, but following the plot is near impossible, mainly because you don't give a shit 30 minutes in. The critics got it right the first time around.
½ February 10, 2018
1001 movies to see before you die.
½ January 13, 2018
you took no notice..


Vertigo definitely has some twists, tragic and a dark theme but most of the time is spent on carving the characters which could have been edited better.
January 4, 2018
Hitchcock always had a way to mesmerize the viewer as if they were transfixed into an alternate reality. In this film we are taken on a journey alongside veteran film legend James Stewart and the young and stunningly beautiful Kim Novak. James Stewart makes his final appearance in an Alfred Hitchcock film and does so with class and experience. He plays a retired cop who after witnessing the fall of a fellow cop has developed acrophobia (a fear of heights) which gives him vertigo. He is hired by a friend to spy on his wife and then the mystery ensues.

First the Bernard Herrman score is as good as usual and he would return again a few more times for Hitchcock films including North by Northwest which would be released in 1959. The classic Saul Bass title credits in the beginning of the film are just as memorable.

The themes of obsession and mistrust are overwhelming. The movie basically leads from one thing to the next which keeps you interested. James Stewart and Kim Novak as mentioned earlier are remarkably cast in the lead roles.

Between Rear Window, Psycho, North by Northwest, Rebecca and Notorious, Vertgo fits in the top 5 Hitchcock thrillers of all time. It's also one of the greatest films of all time at that.
December 26, 2017


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½ December 24, 2017
A little disappointed at first, because I was expecting more of a thriller than a romance, but overall this is a great movie.
½ December 19, 2017
Puntaje Original: 7.5

A. Hitchcock nos muestra sin duda ser uno de los innovasores más influyentes del siglo XX, además de una magnífica propuesta visual, Vertigo nos ofrece una intrigante historia con un sorprendente final.
December 7, 2017
In one of the greatest movies of all time, Hitchcock delivers and amazing movie that had originally received mixed reviews. In 2012, the British Film Institute Sight & Sound voted Vertigo as the greatest movie of all time, unseating Citizen Kane from the top spot and it's no surprise why. One of Hitchcock's masterpieces it's topics range from deceit to murder as John "Scottie" Ferguson tries to get over his acrophobia. The ending scene was very astounding which will leave you wondering. John and Judy's "relationship" makes a mind-blowing topic. I personally think that John seems kind of controlling at the end.
November 27, 2017
Vertigo is another proof of Hitchcock's greatness and a solid psychological thriller that never fails to shock and scare, with mesmerizing lead performances and filled with plot-twists. Rightfully considered one of the best movies ever made, this timeless classic remain unsurpassed to this day.
½ November 24, 2017
Vertigo [Alfred Hitchcock, 1958, United States] Where obsession leads to objectification of love and desire. 9/10
November 20, 2017
I'm increasingly convinced that this or the Shining is the greatest film ever in terms of theme, significance, and duality. Vertigo is one of several Hitchcock films to have a hidden theme emerge but I think this movie executes that motif the best of any of his works. Unlike say Rear Window or North by Northwest - excellent in their own ways - there is no cheesy acting or lame effects. The ending to North by Northwest always felt too cliche whereas Rear Window's finale is a special effects disaster for 10 whole seconds. This movie pulls none of those punches. You have to watch this film if you claim to be a movie buff.
November 10, 2017
Uno de los pocos fracasos comerciales de Hitchcock y una de las obras menos queridas por su director, "Vertigo" es considerada actualmente como una de las mejores películas de todos los tiempos, superando en muchos aspectos a "Citizen Kane", la cinta de Orson Welles que disputa el título.

Más que una excelente película de suspenso, "Vertigo" es un relato en clave psicoanalítica acerca de la obsesión causada por el deseo. Aquí Hitchcock nos plantea una perversa teoría sobre el amor: el amor no consiste en querer a la persona por lo que es, sino por lo que queremos que ella sea.

"Vertigo" es también una de las películas más autobiográficas de Hitchcock. Aquí se hace evidente su espíritu controlador y su obsesión por las mujeres rubias, gélidas y distantes, vestidas en elegantes y ajustados trajes de sastre y con su cabello recogido y restringido. Las mujeres en las cintas de Hitchcock se parecen mucho a la madre de este. Esta es una clave para entender también a "Psycho", la otra obra maestra del director.

En esta cinta, Scottie (interpretado por James Stewart), es un hombre antipático con muchas debilidades físicas, mentales y emocionales (así como un gran miedo a las alturas), quien se obsesiona con una idea de mujer que busca imponer en su realidad. Al no poder tener a la mujer que desea, Scottie encuentra a otra mujer y trata de ajustarla a su idea, obligándola a cambiar su apariencia y su comportamiento para que se ajuste a su objeto de deseo. Vale la pena recordar que Grace Kelly, la actriz fetiche de Hitchcock rechazó el papel femenino de "Vertigo" y fue reemplazada por Kim Novak, en un papel en el que se siente que fue obligada a emular a Kelly.

Los misterios y las revelaciones de la cinta, es mejor no contarlos. Basta con decir que esta es la mejor película del más grande director de todos los tiempos, quien bajo una estructura narrativa de género (en este caso suspenso), captura con un gran talento para lo formal, las incómodas emociones humanas (deseo, miedo, culpa, obsesión) y nos habla sobre ellas con una elocuencia que va más allá de las palabras.
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