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Transcript of Vertigo
Sound matches what’s going on in the film.
Sounds relate to the occurring flashbacks.
Internal: when Judy is writing her letter.
External: throughout movie.
Whenever an eyeline match occurs
Everyday sounds (cars, chatter, etc...).
“Mood music” played in background throughout majority of film. German Expressionism Mood Lighting
When Judy emerges from the bathroom dressed like Madeline.
Green light that emanates throughout the film.
Variety and colour of the settings and props.
Unusual camera angles
Canted camera when John experiences vertigo. Lighting
Staging and Dialogue
Costumes and Make-Up
Madeline's grey suit and blonde, spiral bun.
Madeline/Judy's fur coat.
Judy's black dress.
Judy's red robe.
Settings and Props
The connection between Madeline and Carletta.
Colours (red and green).
Flowers Mise-en-Scene Jordan Phelps John “Scottie” Ferguson – James Stuart
Madeline Elster – Kim Novak
Judy Barton – Kim Novak
Midge Wood – Barbara Bel Geddes
Gavin Elster – Tom Helmore Characters Alfred Hitchcock's, Facts, History, and Reviews Made $3,200,000 in America.
Nominated for two Academy Award (Art Direction and Sound).
Was unavailable for a decades because Hitchcock bought back its rights. It was brought back by his daughter in 1984, after his death.
Part of the “Five Lost Hitchcocks”, which also included The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rear Window, Rope, and The Trouble With Harry.
Received mixed reviews (mainly negative).
"Only speed, finally, could sustain the illusion that the plot hangs together – and Hitchcock has never made a thriller more stately or deliberate in technique".
"One is agreeably used to Hitchcock repeating his effects, but this time he is repeating himself in slow motion." Themes Patriarchy
The women are abused, manipulated and seen as lower.
John tries to control Judy’s appearance/movements.
The “Ideal Woman”
Madeline is an attempt to create Hitchcock’s “ideal woman” (slim, proper, and with neat, blonde hair).
John believes Madeline is an image of the “perfect woman”, which explains why he tries to alter Judy’s appearance to mirror this image. Narrative Form Subjective Narration
Unrestricted Narration Feminism Cinematography Eyeline Match
Depth of field Editing Continuity
Cut similarities and differences
Temporal speed Motifs Green
Deceit Film Noir Darkness at the beginning
Foreshadows the film's eventual darkness
The Femme Fatale and Noir hero
Dark, small tunnels
Seen as a path toward death Fetishistic and Narcissistic Scopophilia
The "ideal woman"
John over Judy
The male gaze
Active male vs. passive female Sophia Mutuc