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Critic Reviews for Vertigo
It's doubtful that Vertigo can take equal rank with the best of the Hitchcock studies -- it has too many holes -- but it assays high in visual confectionary of place, person and celluloid wiles.
Combines in an almost unique balance Hitchcock's brash flair for psychological shocks with his elegant genius for dapper stylishness.
The tempo may be generally very slow, but it is not monotonous; the camera work may be unostentatious but it is quietly, calmly efficient in establishing character, atmosphere, and uncertainty.
Audience Reviews for Vertigo
The set-up is, ummm, preposterous, but once that's out of the way Hitchcock gets to meditate on stuff that really interests him, like obsession, loss, guilt, voyeurism, and even spacing out. Northern California has rarely looked as good either. As well, he might've had a few new tech toys to play with, which he does for some eye-candy dream sequences. His doppelgangers, Stewart and Novak, do well as stand-ins in the imaginative playground of his id. It's interesting that the medical condition that is the very title of the movie is the least of Hitchcock's concerns. As for "the greatest movie ever made" stuff, it's only fluff stirred up by and for lazy and bored conversationalists.
A cop who's recently retired from the force because he suffers from vertigo takes a job trailing an old college friend's wife and grows obsessed with the mysterious woman. A masterpiece of dizzying psychological depths.
Although I did find that the story told through this film was incredible, it did feel a tad slow at times, almost bridging on the fact that it is a Hitchcock film so nobody should worry. However, that is exactly the case here. Hitchcock is such a master class that you need not worry about this film dragging on too long, because there is a reason it does that and the conclusion is more than satisfying. I loved my experience watching "Vertigo", it just felt like it took a bit too long to get to the point. From the screenplay to the acting, the overall atmosphere of this film screams brilliance. It's not the type of film to watch over and over again. But it is surely a film that can be recommended over and over again to those who have not yet seen it. It is not at the top of Hitchcock's masterpieces, but it tries very hard to get there. "Vertigo" is surreal at times, and I loved it for that!
|John "Scottie" Ferguson:||You know, the Chinese say that once you've saved a person's life, you're responsible for it forever.|
|Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton:||Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere.|
|Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton:||If I do what you tell me, will you love me?|
|John "Scottie" Ferguson:||Anyone could become obsessed with the past with a background like that!|