Vertigo

Vertigo

Blu-ray Disc - 2012
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San Francisco police detective Scottie Ferguson is forced to retire when a freak accident gives him a severe fear of heights. When a rich shipbuilder hires Scottie to follow his wife, who may be suicidal, Scottie finds himself falling in love with her.

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Ranked as #9 on the AFI's Greatest Movies list, this film was shown at the St. Louis Public Library - Buder Branch's Senior Film Series on 1/17/18 when the theme was "Starting the New Year Right: Titles from the AFI’s Greatest Movies List."


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CarlitoQuinones Mar 22, 2018

Atmospheric, spooky and weird.. with a reaching conclusion that defies believably, but still somehow very re-watchable. Features an amazing score by Bernard Herrmann.

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MissyJayne
Mar 13, 2018

True Hitchcock masterpiece. They are elements of Jimmy Stewart's character that probably wouldn't sit well with audiences today but it is still a great film to watch Hitchcock use his genius. I also wish Kim Novak's eyebrows were different. They were very distracting! But, everything else is worth watching from the costumes, to the location and the effects. And the score, the music has to be one of the most amazing scores of all time! It is very obvious why Bernard Herrmann and Saul Bass are considered geniuses as well.

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SandraLH
Feb 16, 2018

Great Hitchcock film with surreal special effects. Jimmy Stewart excellent as usual!

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Maoisdead
Sep 12, 2017

One, if not the best of Hitchcock's movies. Only " North by Northwest " comes close. A true cinematic masterpiece.

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ba_library
Sep 05, 2017

More of a psychological thriller. An acrophobic (fear of heights) detective (Jimmy Stewart) is hired by his friend to follow his wife (Kim Novak) who seems to be delusional. Which leads to more confusion as Jimmy falls in love with the wife. He always seems to end up in high places . . . hmmmm. Released in 1958, set in San Francisco, the mystery continues throughout, not really sure why they set-up Jimmy (he doesn’t seem to know why either) perhaps that is why the DVD container says it “demands multiple viewing.” When the story line confused me, I was completely distracted with Kim Novak’s eyebrows (painted on?) Worth a watch, if only to add to your multiple viewings or to enjoy San Francisco in the 1950s.

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VonHafenstaaad
Apr 27, 2017

Why is this movie Hitchcock's masterpiece? Because no movie plunges us more deeply into the dizzying heart of erotic obsession.

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RobertC65
Apr 03, 2017

This is one of Hitchcock's greatest films-James Stewart and Kim Novak are amazing in their roles with elements that are sympathetic and psychological. Bernard Hermann's soundtrack only keeps the suspense in the air as the the story unfolds. Brilliant!

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MontMoroc
Aug 04, 2016

Hitchcock's masterpiece- I find myself watching this every few years to re- acquaint myself with it's genius.

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JackamoJames
Mar 28, 2016

I had not seen this for 20 years and quite frankly was surprised that it had held up so well, except I also found it was a bit chauvinistic. I don't agree that it was hitchs' masterpiece but it sure was a good one.

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Davidf05
Oct 18, 2015

The greatest Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece of all time even better then Psycho!

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sanfranciscogirl
Mar 23, 2015

"The things that spell San Francisco to me are disappearing fast... I should have liked to have lived here then — color, excitement, power, freedom." -Gavin Elster

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Monolith
Jul 19, 2012

Scottie: "What's this doohickey?" Midge: "It's a brassiere! You know about those things, you're a big boy now."

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Monolith
Jul 19, 2012

Madeleine: "Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere."

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Monolith
Jul 19, 2012

Madeleine (to Scottie, pointing to rings of a cross sectioned sequoia tree, which correlate to years): "Here I was born, and there I died. It was only a moment for you; you took no notice."

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Monolith
Jul 19, 2012

Midge (on Scottie's breakdown): "You want to know something? I don't think Mozart's going to help at all."

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Monolith
Jul 19, 2012

Judy: "If I let you change me, will that do it? If I do what you tell me, will you love me?" Scottie: "Yes. Yes." Judy: "Alright. Alright then, I'll do it. I don't care anymore about me."

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nadian Feb 21, 2010

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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nadian Feb 21, 2010

Violence: Scenes of death and frightening images.

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