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| writer = [[Alec Coppel]]<br />[[Samuel A. Taylor]]
 
| writer = [[Alec Coppel]]<br />[[Samuel A. Taylor]]
 
| story = [[Boileau-Narcejac|Pierresalle enfoire Boileau]]<br />[[Thomas Narcejac]]
 
| story = [[Boileau-Narcejac|Pierresalle enfoire Boileau]]<br />[[Thomas Narcejac]]
| starring = James Stewart<br />Kim Novak<br />[[Barbara Bel Geddes]]
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| starring = [[James Stewart]]<br />[[Kim Novak]]<br />[[Barbara Bel Geddes]]
 
| music = Bernard Herrmann
 
| music = Bernard Herrmann
 
| cinematography = Robert Burks
 
| cinematography = Robert Burks
 
| editing = [[George Tomasini]]
 
| editing = [[George Tomasini]]
| distributor = [[Paramount Pictures]]<br> [[Universal Pictures]]<small>(1983-present)</small>
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| distributor = [[Paramount Pictures]]
 
| released = {{Film date|1958|5|9}}
 
| released = {{Film date|1958|5|9}}
 
| runtime = 128 minutes
 
| runtime = 128 minutes
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'''Vertigo''' is a film by [[Alfred Hitchcock]] released in 1958.
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'''''Vertigo''''' is a [[1958]] American psychological thriller film directed and produced by [[Alfred Hitchcock]] and starring [[James Stewart]], [[Kim Novak]], [[Barbara Bel Geddes]], [[Tom Helmore]] and [[Henry Jones]].
==Synopsis==
 
Hired by a friend to tail his confused wife, Police Officer John Ferguson finds himself falling in love with the mysterious woman, who is revealed to have suicidal tendencies.
 
   
==Cast==
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The film is widely considered [[Top All-Time Films|the greatest film ever made]], being at number #1 in the 2012 [[British Film Institute]]'s Sight & Sound critics' poll.
* [[James Stewart]] as John "Scottie" Ferguson
 
* [[Kim Novak]] as Judy Barton/Madeline Ester
 
* [[Barbara Bel Geddes]] as Midge Wood
 
   
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
John "Scottie" Ferguson is a retired San Francisco police detective who suffers from acrophobia and Madeleine is the lady who leads him to high places. A wealthy shipbuilder who is an acquaintance from college days approaches Scottie and asks him to follow his beautiful wife, Madeleine. He fears she is going insane, maybe even contemplating suicide, because she believes she is possessed by a dead ancestor. Scottie is skeptical, but agrees after he sees the beautiful Madeleine.
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John "Scottie" Ferguson ([[James Stewart]]) is a retired San Francisco police detective who suffers from acrophobia and Madeleine ([[Kim Novak]]) is the lady who leads him to high places. A wealthy shipbuilder ([[Tom Helmore]]) who is an acquaintance from college days approaches Scottie and asks him to follow his beautiful wife, Madeleine. He fears she is going insane, maybe even contemplating suicide, because she believes she is possessed by a dead ancestor. Scottie is skeptical, but agrees after he sees the beautiful Madeleine.
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==Cast==
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*[[James Stewart]] as John "Scottie" Ferguson
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*[[Kim Novak]] as Judy Barton/Madeline Ester
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*[[Barbara Bel Geddes]] as Midge Wood
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*[[Tom Helmore]] as Gavin Elster
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*[[Henry Jones]] as the coroner
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*[[Raymond Bailey]] as Scottie's doctor
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*[[Ellen Corby]] as the manager of the McKittrick Hotel
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*[[Konstantin Shayne]] as bookstore owner Pop Leibel
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*[[Lee Patrick]] as the car owner mistaken for Madeleine
   
 
==Background Information==
 
==Background Information==
 
Hitchcock originally wanted Vera Miles to play the lead character, but pregnancy forced her to opt out of the production. Kim Novak and James Stewart would later star opposite each other again in the film Bell, Book and Candle.
 
Hitchcock originally wanted Vera Miles to play the lead character, but pregnancy forced her to opt out of the production. Kim Novak and James Stewart would later star opposite each other again in the film Bell, Book and Candle.
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==Reception==
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===Critical response===
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''Vertigo'' received mixed reviews upon initial release, but is now often cited as a classic [[Alfred Hitchcock|Hitchcock]] film and one of the defining works of his career. ''New York Times'' film critic Bosley Crowther also gave ''Vertigo'' a positive review by explaining that "[the] secret [of the film] is so clever, even though it is devilishly far-fetched." Richard L. Coe of ''The Washington Post'' praised the film as a "wonderful weirdie," writing that "Hitchcock has even more fun than usual with trick angles, floor shots and striking use of color. More than once he gives us critical scenes in long shots establishing how he's going to get away with a couple of story tricks." John McCarten of ''The New Yorker'' wrote Hitchcock "has never before indulged in such farfetched nonsense."
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Latest revision as of 20:33, August 16, 2020

Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore and Henry Jones.

The film is widely considered the greatest film ever made, being at number #1 in the 2012 British Film Institute's Sight & Sound critics' poll.

PlotEdit

John "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart) is a retired San Francisco police detective who suffers from acrophobia and Madeleine (Kim Novak) is the lady who leads him to high places. A wealthy shipbuilder (Tom Helmore) who is an acquaintance from college days approaches Scottie and asks him to follow his beautiful wife, Madeleine. He fears she is going insane, maybe even contemplating suicide, because she believes she is possessed by a dead ancestor. Scottie is skeptical, but agrees after he sees the beautiful Madeleine.

CastEdit

Background InformationEdit

Hitchcock originally wanted Vera Miles to play the lead character, but pregnancy forced her to opt out of the production. Kim Novak and James Stewart would later star opposite each other again in the film Bell, Book and Candle.

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

Vertigo received mixed reviews upon initial release, but is now often cited as a classic Hitchcock film and one of the defining works of his career. New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther also gave Vertigo a positive review by explaining that "[the] secret [of the film] is so clever, even though it is devilishly far-fetched." Richard L. Coe of The Washington Post praised the film as a "wonderful weirdie," writing that "Hitchcock has even more fun than usual with trick angles, floor shots and striking use of color. More than once he gives us critical scenes in long shots establishing how he's going to get away with a couple of story tricks." John McCarten of The New Yorker wrote Hitchcock "has never before indulged in such farfetched nonsense."

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