a thread for hitchcock's 'vertigo'

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since it's never had its own thread, this seems as opportune a time as any to give it one:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/aug/01/vertigo-hitchcock-bfi-greatest-film?newsfeed=true

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 18:13 (eight years ago) link

The sickly green neon light when the transformation is complete coupled with the look on jimmy stewart's face. blimey.

pandemic, Wednesday, 1 August 2012 18:15 (eight years ago) link

just saw it on the big screen for the first time (prob the fifth time i've seen it in my life) a few weeks ago and it was stunning and disturbing as always. it's a film i've resisted visiting too often because i find it incredibly harrowing to sit through, especially the last half-hour. as i said to my friend right afterward, 'i always feel like i'm half dead for a few minutes after seeing that.'

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 18:18 (eight years ago) link

Not in my top five Hitchcock.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 18:25 (eight years ago) link

I like it very much but there are definitely a few other films by Hitchcock that I prefer.

pun lovin criminal (polyphonic), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 18:26 (eight years ago) link

I have a feeling that Chris Marker had a lot to do with this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZpcydFv0cA

Brakhage, Wednesday, 1 August 2012 18:50 (eight years ago) link

RIP Chris Marker, RIP Charles Foster Kane

Eric H., Wednesday, 1 August 2012 18:55 (eight years ago) link

Vertigo much closer to being my favorite Hitchcock than Kane is to being my favorite Welles.

Eric H., Wednesday, 1 August 2012 18:55 (eight years ago) link

hell, I'll pimp what I wrote last year

(while encouraging you to read Chris Marker instead)

http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/vertigo/5549

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:13 (eight years ago) link

reads like you're pimping Roget's

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:27 (eight years ago) link

That's as effective a defense of the movie as I've ever read, Morbs; but I'm still unpersuaded by the film's pace, which seems even more at this juncture like a sop to The Plausibles.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:28 (eight years ago) link

...

Obviously, this text is addressed to those who know Vertigo by heart. But do those who don’t deserve anything at all?

chris marker

ps i have never seen vertigo and may never.

jed_, Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:30 (eight years ago) link

i deserve nothing at all.

jed_, Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:31 (eight years ago) link

not a patch on, say Strangers On A Train, Psycho, The Birds etc. IMO

piscesx, Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:33 (eight years ago) link

my favorite dave kehr capsule:

One of the landmarks--not merely of the movies, but of 20th-century art. Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film extends the theme of Rear Window--the relationship of creator and creation--into the realm of love and sexuality, focusing on an isolated, inspired romantic (James Stewart) who pursues the spirit of a woman (the powerfully carnal Kim Novak). The film's dynamics of chase, capture, and escape parallel the artist's struggle with his work; the enraptured gaze of the Stewart character before the phantom he has created parallels the spectator's position in front of the movie screen. The famous motif of the fall is presented in horizontal rather than vertical space, so that it becomes not a satanic fall from grace, but a modernist fall into the image, into the artwork--a total absorption of the creator by his creation, which in the end is shown as synonymous with death. But a thematic analysis can only scratch the surface of this extraordinarily dense and commanding film, perhaps the most intensely personal movie to emerge from the Hollywood cinema.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:33 (eight years ago) link

i am kinda incredulous that anyone prefers 'strangers on a train,' one of his most mucked-up films. the only one i might like better is 'rear window.'

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:34 (eight years ago) link

My top five:

Notorious
Rear Window
Rebecca
Strangers on a Train
North by Northwest

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:36 (eight years ago) link

perhaps the most intensely personal movie to emerge from the Hollywood cinema

Maybe--maybe not. Welles, Chaplin, Ford, and Capra--just to name four that come to mind--surely had films just as personal. (Which I don't think is that important when responding to films anyway. Stanley Kramer's films were very personal too.)

clemenza, Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:38 (eight years ago) link

i guess mine would probably be:

vertigo
rear window
the 39 steps
notorious
suspicion (or rebecca -- can't decide)

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:39 (eight years ago) link

Psycho and Rope are my favourites. the favourites of someone who deserves nothing at all.

jed_, Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:39 (eight years ago) link

Rear Window
Shadow of a Doubt
Psycho
The Lady Vanishes
The Birds
(iffy...I voted for it in the horror poll, then had second thoughts)

clemenza, Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:41 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, North by Northwest instead of The Birds. And Psycho #2.

clemenza, Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:42 (eight years ago) link

Strangers On a Train has great stuff in it, but c'mon, Ruth Roman-Farley Granger scenes are the pits.

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:51 (eight years ago) link

also intensely personal: The Nutty Professor

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:52 (eight years ago) link

vertigo is obvs the best one

horseshoe, Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:54 (eight years ago) link

c'mon, Ruth Roman-Farley Granger scenes are the pits.

at the bottom of that pit is Kim Novak "acting."

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 August 2012 01:06 (eight years ago) link

and Ruth Roman boasts superb Groucho Marx eyebrorws

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 August 2012 01:06 (eight years ago) link

I could be persuaded that this was his best, definitely. Vying with Rear Window, I think. Though I have many many gaps in my Hitchcock knowledge.

emil.y, Thursday, 2 August 2012 01:16 (eight years ago) link

Kind of happy we live in a world where something as crazy and weird and just unhinged as Vertigo is considered canon "best of all time" material. Love it. More vital and fascinating than any other Hitchcock maybe because it's the one where he seems least in control of the ideas.

ryan, Thursday, 2 August 2012 01:22 (eight years ago) link

i genuinely don't understand the objection to novak's performance! who would have done a better job?

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 2 August 2012 01:24 (eight years ago) link

Actually, that's the one thing I do love about the film: its audaciousness. Just the idea that he took what I assume was a blank cheque from the studio and made this. (xpost)

clemenza, Thursday, 2 August 2012 01:25 (eight years ago) link

yeah Alfred, i thought I carefully explained the value of Novak's casting! cheeeee!

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 2 August 2012 01:27 (eight years ago) link

Yeah I worry it's status will blind new audiences to how nuts it is. They will expect some austere cool masterpiece and that's not the appeal at all to me.

Novak's performance reminds me that this is one of those films whose flaws seems to resonate. Tho I always did think Vera Miles looked pretty hot in those test photos.

ryan, Thursday, 2 August 2012 01:28 (eight years ago) link

Novak IS well cast but so are Roman and Granger.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 August 2012 01:31 (eight years ago) link

but the roles are boring. They kinda had to be cuz Hollywood was not ready for Highsmith.

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 2 August 2012 01:33 (eight years ago) link

i do love the first half of 'strangers,' and the ending, but it just feels like there's so much held back.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 2 August 2012 01:35 (eight years ago) link

notorious uber alles

Hungry4Ass, Thursday, 2 August 2012 01:41 (eight years ago) link

that is my personal fave, but i think vertigo is better. whatever that means.

horseshoe, Thursday, 2 August 2012 01:42 (eight years ago) link

Vertigo's my favorite by far, and that doesn't diminish his other great movies by any means

Nhex, Thursday, 2 August 2012 02:09 (eight years ago) link

Ugh you people. North By Northwest is the WORST!

Eric H., Thursday, 2 August 2012 02:09 (eight years ago) link

I'm perfectly fine with settling on Notorious or Rear Window as his masterpiece if not Vertigo, but just stop trying to make Northwest happen.

Eric H., Thursday, 2 August 2012 02:12 (eight years ago) link

gay panic

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 August 2012 02:13 (eight years ago) link

Hate fuck.

Eric H., Thursday, 2 August 2012 02:14 (eight years ago) link

(In any case, at least Vertigo doesn't have a queer villain.)

Eric H., Thursday, 2 August 2012 02:15 (eight years ago) link

Ugh you people. North By Northwest is the WORST!

― Eric H., Wednesday, August 1, 2012 10:09 PM (5 minutes ago) Bookmark

worse than topaz???

Hungry4Ass, Thursday, 2 August 2012 02:16 (eight years ago) link

I mean, if someone makes the case for Topaz being Hitch's masterpiece, maybe I'll relent.

Eric H., Thursday, 2 August 2012 02:17 (eight years ago) link

fortunately Hitchcock, like the other Old Hollywood Masters, made a bunch of terrible movies for auteurists to revie.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 August 2012 02:18 (eight years ago) link

I'll say.

http://ochmonek.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/northbynorthwest.jpg

Eric H., Thursday, 2 August 2012 02:21 (eight years ago) link

as David Edelstein wrote today, NxNW "is too much fun."

(oddly left off "for Eric")

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 2 August 2012 02:21 (eight years ago) link

^^^ lol DN

Snorting and all (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 5 January 2017 20:43 (four years ago) link

1st viewing clicked for me this movie is a mind blowing proto-Mulholland Drive visual tone poem/psycho drama.

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AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 5 January 2017 23:04 (four years ago) link

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whats not to like about this? at the very least it is stylistic as heck

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 5 January 2017 23:06 (four years ago) link

does flappy bird have any correct opinions

Οὖτις, Thursday, 5 January 2017 23:10 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...

i have been to a bunch, incl the cemetery

https://sf.curbed.com/maps/a-carefully-plotted-totally-stalky-map-of-hitchcocks-vertigo

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 20:53 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

https://i.imgur.com/kB3vkq6.png

he's a fucking vampire!

difficult listening hour, Monday, 18 December 2017 00:32 (three years ago) link

(or a projector. or a director)

difficult listening hour, Monday, 18 December 2017 01:01 (three years ago) link

(repeat of the art museum tableau in which she stares at a two-dimensional version of herself designed by a man while he stands behind her, first as curious audience then as evil auteur)

difficult listening hour, Monday, 18 December 2017 01:09 (three years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Rewatched yesterday in DCP theater showing, followed by this:

https://www.filmcomment.com/blog/film-week-green-fog/

There's a very funny meta Michael Douglas ass joke.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:43 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

a friend the other day: "what's that movie-- the one about the blonde?"

difficult listening hour, Sunday, 6 May 2018 20:30 (two years ago) link

(if we'd already been talking about hitchcofk

difficult listening hour, Sunday, 6 May 2018 20:35 (two years ago) link

--i would have had to have been like lol be more specific, but we weren't, so I was like, ...vertigo?)

difficult listening hour, Sunday, 6 May 2018 20:36 (two years ago) link

Judy's not a blonde

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 6 May 2018 21:12 (two years ago) link

death, tho

difficult listening hour, Sunday, 6 May 2018 21:17 (two years ago) link

First released sixty years ago today

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 9 May 2018 13:15 (two years ago) link

xxp first draft Ramones tune

Millennial Whoop, wanna fight about it? (Phil D.), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 13:26 (two years ago) link

Lol

Nashville #9 Dream (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:21 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

More vital and fascinating than any other Hitchcock maybe because it's the one where he seems least in control of the ideas.

― ryan, Wednesday, August 1, 2012 9:22 PM (five years ago)

So otm. I'd say the same about Shadow of a Doubt.

flappy bird, Friday, 25 May 2018 06:06 (two years ago) link

I can get with that. My other fave Hitchcock, Rear Window, is the mirror image, where he's most in control of the ideas.

nourish nourish your turtleheart (Eric H.), Friday, 25 May 2018 12:39 (two years ago) link

I'm not sure he's not utterly in control here, just because to Truffaut he led with "He wants to go to bed with a girl who's dead."

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Friday, 25 May 2018 14:18 (two years ago) link

I'd say he's more of a loss in Marnie, which many of you like.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 May 2018 14:39 (two years ago) link

of = at

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 May 2018 14:39 (two years ago) link

nobody's in charge of the ideas in Suspicion

we used to get our kicks reading surfing MAGAzines (sic), Friday, 25 May 2018 17:56 (two years ago) link

yet Cary Grant can be in charge of my ideas

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 May 2018 18:11 (two years ago) link

Cary Grant can charge for his ideas

nourish nourish your turtleheart (Eric H.), Friday, 25 May 2018 18:43 (two years ago) link

this thread always reminds me that an ex-friend who fucked off to toronto still has this DVD

gotta rectify that

add surface noise (Ross), Friday, 25 May 2018 18:47 (two years ago) link

fling him off bell tower imo

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 May 2018 18:53 (two years ago) link

tell him "it can't matter to ya"

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 25 May 2018 19:46 (two years ago) link

it's too late

flappy bird, Friday, 25 May 2018 21:31 (two years ago) link

I haven't re-read my posts from January 2017 when I first saw Vertigo, but I have done a total 180 on it, it's brilliant and hypnotic and seems to exist outside of time, in a way unlike any other film I've ever seen. Second only to Shadow of a Doubt for my favorite Hitchcock. I was nonplussed when I saw it for the first time, and last night was only the second time I'd seen it. but it'd stuck in my mind for a year and a half. I also think some of the key themes are more resonant with me now.

flappy bird, Friday, 25 May 2018 21:34 (two years ago) link

Wazzabout this intriguing giallo take on Vertigo currently showing on MUBI, One One on Top of the Other?

omgneto and ittanium mayne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 26 May 2018 02:23 (two years ago) link

Ah Alfred you gave me a good laugh

Cheers my
Friends

We’re all after that same rainbow’s end (Ross), Saturday, 26 May 2018 02:28 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tesqTwX7cpc

just watching youtube and revisited this scene and it is so Twin Peaks! especially at .5 speed (try it!). this scene is the transformation of Kim Novak's character into someone with a new identity.

visually it kind of feels like a formal precursor to the Black Lodge, with green curtains instead of red. Jimmy Stewart trapped framed in that menacing backdrop, the music building to a dramatic crescendo, the minor key melancholy eeriness of it all. def see this movie if you are a fan of Twin Peaks/Mulholland Drive.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 21 July 2018 20:56 (two years ago) link

this is a good list of influences
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/twin-peaks-david-lynch-influences

adam the (abanana), Saturday, 21 July 2018 22:15 (two years ago) link

"Green Fog" is showing at the local cinema this weekend. (Guy Maddin's Vertigo remake made with misc. clips from various SF-based films.) Might check it out, esp. since it's playing with the Hitchcock version as a double-bill.

henry s, Saturday, 21 July 2018 22:35 (two years ago) link

It's fun, and at only 65 minutes should make a good second half of a double feature

(even better as a first, but not for Vertigo virgins)

kelp, clam and carrion (sic), Saturday, 21 July 2018 23:39 (two years ago) link

yes, it's good

i think Lynch even intro'd Vertigo at the IFC Center once

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 21 July 2018 23:43 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Scotty is one sick fuck

Xia Nu del Vague (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 17 October 2019 12:26 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

turns out Maddin put The Green Fog up for free on Vimeo six months ago

Dollarmite Is My Name (sic), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 03:15 (ten months ago) link

Wow

Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette Alone) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 03:56 (ten months ago) link

yeah! so good

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 05:45 (ten months ago) link

omg thanks sic

Miami weisse (WmC), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 12:47 (ten months ago) link

Awesome! Good work sic

---------------six feet----------------- (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 13:20 (ten months ago) link

three months pass...

was I too high when I re-watched this for the first time in 10+ years last night or 1) does the lighting in the scene at the Argosy book shop actually gradually dim throughout the scene and 2) are they driving on the "wrong" side of the road both times they drive to the bell tower?

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 4 July 2020 12:40 (six months ago) link

five months pass...

Saw 1958's Bell, Book, and Candle listed on TCM over the weekend, didnt get a chance to watch it but looking to catch it this week. Posting here bc wiki sez: "It stars Kim Novak as a witch who casts a spell on her neighbor, played by James Stewart"... wtf! Surprised I never heard of this, anyone seen it? Is it the rom-com companion to Vertigo that it sounds like?

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Monday, 7 December 2020 13:50 (one month ago) link

Yes, it's charming (no pun intended) and it features a cat named Pyewacket, you can't go wrong

Josefa, Monday, 7 December 2020 14:52 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

I only saw this for the first time last night (the list of films I haven't seen would make people on ILF blush and turn away, I suspect). Damn but I can't stop thinking about it. I'm unsure about Novak - there's a blankness there but it feels deliberate and stylised: she's a vessel or a plaything that various men manipulate and distort. The analogue for Hitchcock is pretty clear.

So many great scenes but the scene with the sequoias is running round and round my head. And the line that jumped at me was (if films are Rorschach then...): "Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere."

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 12:58 (one week ago) link

I keep thinking about this today. It's impossible coming to such a revered film (a film that comes at you out of a bathroom, cloaked in neon mist) - such that I already want to watch it again, now that I've got the first watch out of the way. The thing that keeps coming to me is James Stewart's eyes - how much acting he does with them. There is a moment in Ernie's, the first time he sees Judyline, when a look almost passes between them, that is all eyes: after the fact it's clear that he'd fallen for her, and she was trying to tell him (tell might be too strong a verb - suggest, insinuate).

As a couple of people have said, I want to eat in Ernies. All that red though - like a restaurant in the Tanz dance academy.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 20:52 (one week ago) link

Good posts, Chinaski!

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 20:54 (one week ago) link


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