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on 13 February 2017
By way of a complex conspiracy murder plot, Hitchcock cleverly masks a religious subject which some folks take seriously.
Amusingly, Hitchcock cleverly ridicules and rejects the idea of demon possession or spiritual possession by way of a bizarre love story, .
Vertigo is a psychological thriller that bears the hallmarks of a psychotic 'stalker's objectives, in its portrayal of attraction, deceitfulness, desperation, power, control and manipulation, and suicide.
Vertigo is about the psychological fear of a cop, who didn't know he had Vertigo until one day in the line of duty, he had to pursue the roof top chase of a criminal. He subsequently retired. Encouraged to take up a hobby by his 'best friend' Midge - played by the actress Barbara Bel Geddes - (Miss Ellie from Dallas) - he accepted the private work of a detective role.
In a quest to overcome his phobia, the self-aware ex-cop becomes - to the exclusion of all others - the ex-cop becomes a self-possessed 'demon', pre-occupied and totally consumed with the pursuit of his own happiness.
Vertigo came up in an internet movie list involving narcissistic people, but who were 'they' actually talking about?
James Stewart's character in Vertigo as John 'Scottie' Fergusson or Hitchcock himself?
Studies show that Hitchcock was a very self-absorbed man, who got away with his psychotic behaviour because he 'possessed' the ability to masquerade his male prowess and make great movies.
Whilst the story line makes a great movie, I think the movie itself is highly over-rated and should be relegated to special interest films like studies on Hitchcock, or studies on narcissism. It could also be used as an educational film for film studies students or students choosing appropriate career paths.