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.
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.
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.
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.
After a police detective named John Ferguson causes the death of a police officer due to his acrophobia during a rooftop chase, he retires from that job. He is soon hired by a former college acquaintance of his to keep an eye on his wife, because he fears that she might commit suicide as she believes that she is possessed.
Around the 80 minute mark, it seemed like the movie was about to end. It seemed as if the climax came to be, and the viewer thought that they knew what kind of film it was going to be. However, the viewer becomes shocked to find out that the film is continuing on. The viewer wonders: "What else do they have left to do?". At first, I thought that the movie was going to lose steam as the final third is, admittedly, a little bit slower than the rest of the film. However, the dream sequence gave me a feeling that I was not wasting my time. It interested me a lot, and I was curious to find out how the movie was going to end. This all led up to a shocking and unexpected ending which left a strong impact on me. The plot twist at the end made the film a lot better, and it encouraged me to watch the film again as I wondered how the movie was going to feel on a 2nd viewing.
Looking back at the movie, I noticed how John's acrophobia wasn't present in that many scenes. It was only present a few times in the movie. At first, I thought that it was a bit underutilized. However, after I thought more about how the plot twist at the end effected the film before it, I came to a conclusion that it did not have to be used more than it was. John did not have acrophobia, because Hitchcock simply wanted to add it in for suspense. It was put in the movie as it was essential for the movie's ending to work. If it were to be used any more times in the film, it would've started to feel redundant. Hitchcock did all of the primary tasks with that element without overdoing it.
The acting in this film was really good. James Stewart as John Ferguson did a good job as the lead performance. His performance was pretty solid all around. He provided all the emotions and reactions which were required for his role. Nothing more and nothing less. Kim Novak gave a really great performance as well. She played 2 characters who each had different personalities. When she was Madeleine Elster, she played a woman who looked hopeless and terrified. She was able to do it without sounding annoying or over-the-top. When she played Judy Barton, her role seemed more meaty and strong. She did a good job transitioning between both of these characters. As the movie continued on, I started to notice some subtlety in her performance. She clearly stole the show. They were great as the 2 main leads. I had no particular issues with any of the other actors and actresses.
The film is also pretty to look at. Views of the city and the streets are gorgeous. Some of the shots show dozens upon dozens of buildings. Those shots are overwhelming. Also, some of the other shots in different places around the city look nice as well such as the art museum and the graveyard. Also, it's hard to forget the opening scene where 3 of the characters were running across the rooftops with the evening sky in the background. Also, there's the haunting camerawork in the dream sequence which gives out an unsettling presence. Out of all of Hitchcock's films that I've seen so far, I like the cinematography in this film the most.
In conclusion, this was a well-acted and well-shot crime film which had a very memorable storyline and ending. Is it the best film of all time though? I wouldn't say so. There are deeper films than this one. "Citizen Kane" also has more layers to it and it's a more influential and important film. Also, I enjoyed "Rear Window" a little more than this one. However, this is still a really great film. I can understand why a lot of people like it. It's one of the best Hitchcock films that I've seen so far.