Vertigo (1958) – A Romantic Suspense

Alfred Hitchcock – who doesn’t know this name? He is one of the best directors people knew back in the days when the director is not a matter. He often included in the list of the best directors of all time. In “Vertigo”, he adapted a novel called “The Living and the Dead” or “D’entre les morts”. Boileau-Narcejac stands out for Pierre Boileau and Pierre Ayraud wrote this novel. The movie adaptation often regarded as one of the best films of all time and even beats other masterpieces such as “Psycho”, my favorite. In fact, this film topped the Sight & Sound poll as one of the best films of all time in 2012 chasing “Citizen Kane”. Just what were they thinking? In fact, this is the best film but is overrated and doesn’t mean is a bad movie.

It tells about James Stewart as John Ferguson, a detective who chose to retire from the police. He retired due to severe trauma of an accident that killed his police friend. He has a phobia of fear of heights and feels extreme dizziness if he was in a high place. However, his retirement wasn’t too long after Tom Helmore as Gavin Elster asked for his help to become a private detective. John had to follow Gavin’s wife himself, Kim Novak as Madeleine. Gavin asked for this because Madeleine had a personality disorder or a curious spirit. He often walks alone without knowing the direction and purpose.

Hitchcock, known for its trademark, puts the following elements of horror and romance. Not only inserts about horror psychology, but Hitchcock also built its atmosphere in several scenes. Like for example the dream sequence, which is my favorite in this movie, was like acid. The first time seeing this scene as if your mind hovered into the sky. Indeed, this scene was also a new innovation in its time where Hitchcock first used this. There is so much green in this movie, symbolizes the character of Madeleine and Judy itself to impress suddenly into a trance. There is a dolly zoom which is again the first time Hitchcock introduced it. From here, “Vertigo” became a so innovative movie in its era.

Hitchcock magically brings the tone as best. Obviously indeed, “Vertigo” is a psychology film from its main cover. However, this is also a mystery, thriller, and also romance combined with the director’s trademark style. Romance is quite thick in this film and even takes over the tone as a whole. In addition, the romance is thick enough to create two equal sides in one coin. Hitchcock uses an unusual approach which is very sufficient to direct the story of the romance tragedy. He also seems to immediately change the tone of the film like he snaps his finger like nothing else. This is also a complex romance movie in contrast to romance in general. Apart from which, Hitchcock didn’t forget the psychological and obsessive elements of John’s own character.

The pace is not boring and even very difficult to be able to forget the film itself. Still, Hitchcock seems to have difficulty in balancing its intensity after several scenes and after a twist. Finally, too, Hitchcock closed the story with suspense which indeed finally happened after that. Like everything will feel fine but it seems to cause side effects. The effect is like the sound of a church bell with the look of John Stewart do Stewart impression. So tragic, so touching, and so shocked.

Talking about the plot twist, “Vertigo” is one film I never expected from the beginning to the end. Unlike “Psycho” which is also the same as “Vertigo”, both movies have a lasting effect. The movie packed from flashbacks and monologues like a parable story from the same but different film yet also the same. It’s very difficult how this film conveyed so it made me dizzy if I kept thinking about it. The disclosure of the plot twist at the end of the movie is very effective in making the combination in various genres.

“Vertigo” is about remorse, guilt, past, and a second chance from the character. All of that’s explained by Stewart as John. This film has a story about fantasy men who always imagine women as women who aren’t real. Like Hitchcock himself who likes blonde. It was found in how John couldn’t distinguish whether the woman he met had died or was still alive. Also applies to Judy herself where it was difficult to make requests for John himself. Indeed, it’s a hard yet critically movie and there are so many that can be analyzed.

Finally, “Vertigo” doesn’t only carry the best all-time film or overrated film from the director himself because this is a very innovative film. The interpretations of many viewers and critics make this film different from the list. Even though it’s still tense, there are little plot holes from the film like the scene of writing a letter seems a little insignificant. This is the most difficult watching experience of all the psychology films I’ve watched. Indeed, it’s not exaggerating either but it was.

5 out of 5 stars.

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