Summer of Hitchcock: Vertigo


John 'Scottie' Ferguson (James Stewart) retired from the police force after watching a man fall from a building and nearly falling himself. Now he suffers from severe acrophobia (fear of heights not acrobats). An old school friend hires him to follow his wife- a beautiful wealthy blond- Madeleine (Kim Novak). Madeleine has been acting strangely, trailing off in the middle of conversations and taking long drives. She seems like another person.

Scottie follows her around until she jumps into San Francisco Bay. After he rescues her, he falls head over heels for her. That's when all the trouble starts.

Okay, why does Scottie love Madeleine? Is it because she's beautiful and sophisticated? I think it must be a hero complex. She's damaged. She's messed up. He must have her. I was so fed up with him- especially the hairdresser and clothes part at the end. Creepy! I thought Midge was a much better choice. Poor Midge. Nice girls finish last. She could do better anyway.

Vertigo was meh for me. I wasn't attached to the main characters. Maybe that was it for me. I still love Hitchcock but not this one.


  1. I watched this for a film class I took a couple of years ago. I think the oddest thing was how I thought the movie was about to end...but it kept going! What is your favorite Hitchcock film so far?

  2. Definitely Rear Window, although I do like Psycho too.

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  4. I know I've seen this movie, but for the life of me, I can't seem to recall it. I'll have to re-run for myself one of these days!

  5. I"m bummed you didn't like this one, since I love it. :)

  6. Rear Window is an excellent movie, I agree. I liked this one because the main character was so openly crazy, and the "who is she"? about the woman he seems to recognize later on.

  7. I didn't like this one much at all either. I totally agree about getting creeped out when he was directing her hairstyle and clothing. I liked Midge too.

    Loved that we had both Grandma Walton and Miss Ellie Ewing in this one though.


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