Vertigo (1958)

Vertigo128 mins
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Stars James Stewart, Kim Novak, and Barbara Bel Geddes

Vertigo is like a take on Romeo and Juliet. Guy falls in love with woman until she commits suicide, but in a strange twist, he falls in love with her again only for her to die a second time. It’s based on a novel by Boileau-Narcejac.

Scottie is a retired police detective who has a fear of heights caused by the incident you see in the opening of the film. As a police detective you think he would know what a bra is. Gavin asks Scottie to follow his possessed wife, Madeleine. Scottie follows Madeleine to an art museum where he finds her sitting in front of a portrait that resembles her. After some detective work, Scottie learns that the lady in the portrait had committed suicide. Scottie ends up falling in love with Madeleine, and then when he seen her jump from the bell tower, he ends up in a nuthouse. Upon his release he finds a woman who resembles Madeleine. This Judy writes in a letter to Scottie about how she was part of the cover-up in Gavin’s wife’s death and how they needed Scottie to testify that it looked like a suicide; but then she has a change of mind and rips the letter up. Scottie gets Judy to dress like Madeleine and after he sees her wearing a familiar necklace, he takes her on a ride out to the bell tower where he has Judy confess the events of that day.



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