Vertigo is a 1958 American film noir psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story was based on the 1954 novel D'entre les morts (From Among the Dead) by Boileau-Narcejac. The screenplay was written by Alec Coppel and Samuel A. Taylor. The film stars James Stewart as former police detective John "Scottie ...
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After a rooftop chase, where his fear of heights and vertigo result in the death of a policeman, San Franciscodetective John "Scottie" Ferguson retires. Scottie tries to conquer his fear, but his friend and ex-fiancée Midge Wood says that another severe emotional shock may be the only cure. An acquaintance from college, Gavin Elster, asks Scottie to follow his wife, Madeleine, claiming that she is in some sort of danger. Scottie reluctantly agrees, and follows Madeleine to a florist where she buys a bouquet of flowers, to the Mission San Francisco de Asís and the grave of one Carlotta Valdes (1831–1857), and to the Legion of Honor art museum where she gazes at the Portrait of Carlotta. He watches her enter the McKittrick Hotel, but on investigation she does not seem to be there. A local historian explains that Carlotta Valdes committed suicide: she had been the mistress of a wealthy married man and bore his child; the otherwise ch...
Charles Barr in his monograph dedicated to the study of Vertigo has stated that the central theme of the film is psychological obsession, concentrating in particular on Scottie as obsessed with the women in his life. As Barr states in his book, "This story of a man who develops a romantic obsession with the image of an enigmatic woman has commonly been seen, by his colleagues as well as by critics and biographers, as one that engaged Hitchcock in an especially profound way; and it has exerted a comparable fascination on many of its viewers. After first seeing it as a teenager in 1958, Donald Spoto had gone back for 26 more viewings by the time he wrote The Art of Alfred Hitchcock in 1976. In a 1996 magazine article, Geoffrey O'Brien cites other cases of 'permanent fascination' with Vertigo, and then casually reveals that he himself, starting at age 15, has seen it 'at least thirty times'." Critics have interpreted...
The screenplay of Vertigo is an adaptation of the French novel D'entre les morts (From Among the Dead) by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac. Hitchcock had attempted to buy the rights to the previous novel by the same authors, Celle qui n'était plus, but he failed, and it was made instead by Henri-Georges Clouzot as Les Diaboliques. Although François Truffaut once suggested that D'entre les morts was specifically written for Hitchcock by Boileau and Narcejac, Narcejac s...
There were 3 screenwriters involved in the writing of Vertigo. Hitchcock originally hired playwright Maxwell Anderson to write a screenplay, but rejected his work, which was titled Darkling, I Listen, a quotation from Keats's Ode to a Nightingale. According to Charles Barr in his monograph dedicated to Vertigo, "Anderson was the oldest (at 68) [of the 3 writers involved], the most celebrated for his stage work and the least committed to cinema, though he had...
Vera Miles, who was under personal contract to Hitchcock and had appeared on both his television show and in his film The Wrong Man, was originally scheduled to play Madeleine. She modeled for an early version of the painting featured in the film. Following delays, including Hitchcock becoming ill with gallbladder problems, Miles became pregnant and so had to withdraw from the role. The director declined to postpone shooting and cast Kim Novak as the female le...
Vertigo premiered in San Francisco on May 9, 1958, at the Stage Door Theater at Mason and Geary (now the Ruby Skye nightclub). While Vertigo did break even upon its original release, earning $2.8 million in gross rental in the United States alone against its $2,479,000 cost,it earned significantly less than other Hitchcock productions.
The initial reception expressed in film reviews for Vertigo was mixed. Variety wrote the film showed Hitchcock's "mastery", but was too long and slow for "what is basically only a psychological murder mystery". Similarly, the Los Angeles Times admired the scenery, but found the plot "too long" and felt it "bogs down" in "a maze of detail"; scholar Dan Auiler says that this review "sounded the tone that most popular critics would take with the film". However, the Lo...
In the 21st century and starting with the 2002 Sight & Sound polls, Vertigo was ranked just behind Citizen Kane (1941) as the best film ever made. Years later, in the same magazine, it was voted by critics as the best film ever made. Already in the 1960s, the French Cahiers du cinéma critics began re-evaluating Hitchcock as a serious artist, rather than just a populist showman. However, even François Truffaut's important 1962 book of interviews with Hitchcock (not pu...
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1. Variety Review from 1958 2. Robin Wood's chapter on "Vertigo" in Hitchcock's Films 3. Laura Mulvey's Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, popularizing the concept of the male gaze. 4. Roger Ebert's 1996 Review 5. Nerdwriter1's video essay on How Alfred Hitchcock Blocks A SceneWoh Kaun Thi?, a 1964 Bollywood adaptation of Vertigo.Kalangarai Vilakkam, a 1965 Tamil film adaptation of Vertigo.One on Top of the Other, a 1969 giallo film directed by Lucio Fulci, is heavily influenced by Vertigo.Obsession, a 1976 film by Brian De Palma, is heavily influenced by Vertigo, while his 1984 thriller Body Double combines the plot elements of both Vertigo and Rear Window.Auiler, Dan (1999). Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic. London: Titan Books.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)Auiler, Dan (2000). Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-312-26409-3.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)Canning, Bob (2010). Block, Alex Ben; Wilson, Lucy Autrey (eds.). George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-By-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural...Klein, Richard B. (2005). Coles, Felice Anne (ed.). In memory of Richard B. Klein: essays in contemporary philology. Romance Monographs, University of Mississippi.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)Vertigo at AllMovieVertigo at the American Film Institute CatalogVertigo on IMDbVertigo at Rotten Tomatoes
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Vertigo Films was created in July 2002, by producers Allan Niblo (producer of Human Traffic and South West 9) and James Richardson (producer of Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang)). Director Nick Love (screenwriter and, prior to company formation, director of Goodbye Charlie Bright and The Football Factory) and distributor Rupert Preston (distributor of Chopper, Chasing Amy and Bride of Chucky, among others) joined a year later,while entrepreneur Rob Morgan began investment in November 2004. The company was formed for the express purpose of distributing and producing two films, The Football Factory and It's All Gone Pete Tong. Vertigo Films's film releases were distributed on home video by Entertainment One. Vertigo Films teamed up with Film4 and Ingenious Media in January 2008, to form a sales company called Protagonist Pictures.They also own a post production company in Berlin called The Post Republic. Having built up one of the most successful feature film businesses in the United Kingdom, enc...
It's All Gone Pete Tong: 1. Best Canadian Feature – Toronto International Film Festival– 2004 2. Best Feature – US Comedy Arts Festival– 2005 3. Best Actor (Paul Kaye) – US Comedy Arts Festival – 2005 4. Grand Jury Award – Gen Art Film Festival– 2005 5. Audience Award – Gen Art Film Festival – 2005 6. Best British Columbian Film – Vancouver Film Critics Circle– 2005 7. Best Male Performer' (Mike Wilmot) – Canadian Comedy Awards– 2005 8. Best Overall Sound – Leo Awards– 2005 9. Best Sound Editing – Leo Awards – 2005 10. Best Feature-Length Drama – Leo Awards – 2005 Clean: 1. Best Actress (Maggie Cheung) – Cannes Film Festival– 2004 London to Brighton: 1. Best Achievement in Production – British Independent Film Awards– 2006 2. Golden Hitchcock (Paul Andrew Williams) – Dinard Festival of British Cinema – 2006 3. New Director's Award (Paul Andrew Williams) – Edinburgh International Film Festival– 2006 4. Most Promising Newcomer (Paul Andrew Williams) – Evening Standard British Film Awa...
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San Francisco police detective Scottie Fergusson develops a fear of heights and is forced to retire when a colleague falls to his death during a chase. An old college friend (Gavin Elster) hires Scottie to watch his wife Madeleine who has reportedly become possessed by her ancestor's spirit named Carlotta. Scottie follows her around San Francisco and is drawn to Madeleine and her obsession with death. He unwittingly becomes a figure in a complex plot, and is determined to discover the truth behind it all. (© IMDB)
The success of director Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1955 film Les Diaboliques introduced Hitchcock to the French crime fiction writing team of Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, who wrote the source novel "Celle Qui N'Était Plus" that the film was based on.Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic (1998) by Dan Auiler11548Vertigo (2012) by Charles Barr26487Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco (2002) by Jeff Kraft & Aaron Leventhal11294
Images from the Hitchcock Gallery (click to view larger versions or search for all relevant images)...birds - "Elster" is German for "mockingbird" and Kim Novak wears a pin shaped like a bird on the first trip to San Juan Bautista
Directed by: 1. Alfred Hitchcock 2. Daniel McCauley- assistant director Starring: 1. James Stewart - Detective John "Scottie" Ferguson 2. Kim Novak - Madeleine Elster / Judy Barton 3. Barbara Bel Geddes - Midge Wood 4. Tom Helmore - Gavin Elster 5. Henry Jones - Coroner 6. Raymond Bailey - Scottie's Doctor 7. Ellen Corby - Manager of McKittrick Hotel 8. Konstantin Shayne - Pop Leibel 9. Lee Patrick - Car owner mistaken for Madeleine Produced by: 1. Alfred Hitchcock 2. Herbert Coleman- associate producer Written by: 1. Pierre Boileau - original novel ("D'Entre les Morts") 2. Thomas Narcejac - original novel ("D'Entre les Morts") 3. Samuel A. Taylor 4. Alec Coppel Photographed by: 1. Robert Burks Edited by: 1. George Tomasini Music by: 1. Bernard Herrmann Costume Design by: 1. Edith Head Production Design by: 1. Henry Bumstead- art director 2. Hal Pereira- art directorJump up ↑ Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic(1998) by Dan Auiler, pages 28-30Jump up ↑ The Man Who Knew Hitchcock: A Hollywood Memoir (2007) by Herbert Coleman, pages 243 and 246-47. Coleman seems to have been unimpressed with Anderson's work on The Wrong Manand when Hitchc...Jump up ↑ Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic(1998) by Dan Auiler, pages 32-43Jump up ↑ Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic(1998) by Dan Auiler, pages 34-35
Vertigo: Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. With James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore. A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.
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Oct 13, 1996 · Sooner or later, every Hitchcock woman was humiliated. “Vertigo” (1958), which is one of the two or three best films Hitchcock ever made, is the most confessional, dealing directly with the themes that controlled his art. It is *about* how Hitchcock used, feared and tried to control women. He is represented by Scottie ( James Stewart ), a ...