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A film unlike any others.
on 13 February 2016
Alfred Hitchcock directed some classic films, but Vertigo stands out as his very best in my opinion. This is a film which sets up its own unique style form the very start. Jimmy Stewart plays the part of a retired detective captivated by the beautiful wife of a friend who he has been hired to track and follow. Her aloof yet entrancing behaviour has him spellbound and he is left distraught when she takes her own life, he is deeply shaken and all his much of his charisma and charm is also lost too. His only release comes from an obsession he develops towards another young woman he meets who happens to bare a striking resemblance to his former lover, it couldn’t be the same person though could it?
The film is set in San Francisco and employs a lovely warm colour palette.
The film contains as you’d expect some heavy themes, in one scene our characters gather round a stump of a tree which reveals 1000 years of human history in one tree’s lifetime, human life indeed seem short and fleeting.
Kim Novak gives a brilliant performance as her character is also wrestling with her own unresolved conflicts. Dare she reveal the devastating truth about herself?
The score is delightful and really carries the movie forward, Kim Novak has no dialogue until at least three quarters of an hour has past but the music conveys as much as any words ever could.
Warm rich colours make up San Francisco, lavish details and a strong unique style help make Vertigo visually distinctive to other Hitchcok films. The grey jacket on the icy blond hair and tanned skin of Kim Novak, doesn't quite work, but that's the point, there is something not quite right about her character.