Vertigo

Vertigo

DVD - 2008
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San Francisco police detective Scottie Ferguson is forced to retire when a freak accident gives him a severe case of acrophobia. When a rich shipbuilder hires Scotty to follow his wife who is behaving suspiciously and might be planning suicide, Scotty falls in love with her. She is later murdered and Ferguson becomes demonic in his desire to re-create her in another woman.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c2008.
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE SUSPENSE
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 130 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Hitchcock, Alfred 1899-1980-
Alternative Title: Alfred Hitchcock's

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SUSPENSE: The suspense section of the library's movie collection is full of dark tales that range from slightly creepy to utterly terrifying. Vertigo is perhaps Hitchcock's best work. It tells the story of a policeman forced into retirement after he suddenly develops a fear of heights.


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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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TheeAvebury
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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Calvacade
Jul 08, 2015

Probably Hitchcock's masterpiece- this film has had a major influence on many noted directors over the years.

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Triple_X_Rex
May 23, 2015

Yep. Vertigo has got to be one of the most absurd and disturbing movies about men and their "modern-day" mental illnesses that I have ever seen. It's true.

The mental illness that I'm talking about here is, of course - Men's totally twisted and fanatical obsession about having complete and absolute control over women.

You know, I'd say that when it comes to one of Hitchcock's most psychotic "movie-psychos" of all-time - Scottie Ferguson here in Vertigo makes Norman Bates from Psycho look, by comparison, as if he were "normal", yes, NORMAL. I mean, Scottie was one really whacked-out maniac, that's for sure!

Personally, I think that director Alfred Hitchcock went way too far out on a shaky limb with this one. And, being way out there, he ended up losing his balance and, literally, getting "vertigo", himself. This film is nothing but a bird's eye view of a supremely grotesque freak show with Scottie (representing the average American psycho, I mean, the average American male) as the main monster of attraction.

At a running time of 130 minutes, Vertigo really only begins to pick up steam in the last 30 minutes. The first 100 minutes of it is just endlessly drawn out 'build-up', extremely drab, most of it.

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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

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nadian Feb 21, 2010

Violence: Scenes of death and frightening images.

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