James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore.
time: 128 mins
believe this to be Alfred Hitchcock's best film, and it's
certainly right up there with North By Northwest, Rebecca
brooding, obsessive masterpiece, Vertigo casts James Stewart
as Scottie Ferguson, a San Francisco cop with a fear of heights
who retires after a colleague falls to his death from a rooftop
while trying to save him.
wracked with guilt over the incident Scottie spends his days
aimlessly, relieved only by the chance to unburden himself
to his artist friend Majorie "Midge" Wood (Barbara
Bel Geddes), who is in love with him.
old pal Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore) asks him to follow his
troubled, possibly suicidal wife Madeline (Kim Novak), Scottie
is reluctant, saying he doesn't do private eye stuff. But
when he glimpses the stunning Madeline, Scottie is seduced
into doing the job.
discovers Madeline is obsessed with a long dead relative known
as "Mad Carlotta", visiting her grave and an art
gallery containing her portrait. She might in fact believe
she IS the reincarnated Carlotta.
becomes more and more entranced by Madeline and when she leaps
into San Francisco Bay in an apparent suicide attempt, he
dives in and saves her. But when Scottie finds himself frozen
by his fear of vertigo in a subsequent life-or-death situation,
tragedy strikes and the story takes a dark turn.
magnificent picture, Vertigo maintains a creepy atmosphere,
features great locations and solid performances. Kim Novak
never looked lovelier. And the music! Bernard Herrmann's eerie
score is just perfect.
Collector's Edition features a great documentary on the making
of the film, the locations, andthe recollections of his daughter
Pat, producer Herbert Coleman and restorer James C. Katz who
helped rescue the crumbling original print and restore it
to the incredible level it is today.
movie collector should have this classic.