Vertigo

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Paramount Released 1958

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Director:
Alfred Hitchcock
Released:
1958
Rating:
PG

Vertigo (1958) was not a great box-office success on its initial release, but there are now many who would say that it was the greatest of all Alfred Hitchcock's films. The American Film Institute voted it as the top Mystery Film of all time in 2008, and in 2012, an international critics' poll conducted by Sight And Sound magazine named it as the best film (of any kind) ever made. The film tells the story of John "Scottie" Ferguson, a police detective who resigns from the San Francisco force when he develops a paralyzing case of acrophobia, the fear of heights. He gets a call soon afterwards from an old college acquaintance, Gavin Elster. Gavin's wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak) has been acting strangely lately, and her husband believes she may be possessed by a spirit - the spirit of her suicidal ancestor, Carlotta Valdes. Following the beautiful woman around the city, Scottie saves her from drowning (from suicide?) and falls obsessively in love with her. She returns his love, but still seems full of foreboding, haunted by the fear of death - and, at a crucial moment of crisis, Scottie is unable, thanks to an attack of vertigo, to save her life a second time. Crushed when an inquest puts the blame for her death squarely on him, Scottie is in no very rational state of mind when he meets Judy, a girl bearing an uncanny resemblance to her. And then things become very complicated for both of them.

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James Stewart

James Stewart

John 'Scottie' Ferguson

Kim Novak

Kim Novak

Madeleine Elster / Judy Barton

Barbara Bel Geddes

Barbara Bel Geddes

Midge Wood

Tom Helmore

Tom Helmore

Gavin Elster

Henry Jones

Henry Jones

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