Vertigo scene analysis

Vertigo scene analysis - 1 Kristin Killmeyer Intro to Film...

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Unformatted text preview: 1 Kristin Killmeyer Intro to Film Bergeson 10-13-09 Analyzing the Silence This is the scene that sets up Scotties first meeting with Madeline. As hed been following her all day (and the day previous), he drives far enough behind her so that he will go unrecognized. He investigates her actions so closely that he follows her by the bay and watches her jump in. The lighting in this scene is all natural, and mostly shadowed. Though this is a scene with very minimal dialogue (two words), it is the scene that sets up the characters motives, emotions, and interactions with each other for the rest of the film. It is the scene that shows us that one persons obsession can create another persons. The scene starts off with Madeline and Scottie driving down the road to a building by the bay. This long shot is taken from the bay so that we get a long view of the cars driving into the parking area and a closer view of them parking. Not only do we see the road theyre driving on, but we also see buildings in the far distance, a hill against the road, and the bay itself to show where Madeline was heading. This shot is shadowed by the building and the hillside, signifying a later time of day when the sun is not directly overhead. This is a telltale sign that Scottie had been following Madeline for a good portion of the day. The music gives a questioning feel to heighten the audiences suspicion more as to what Madeline is up to. The French horns really give the music a feeling of wonderment and conjecture, almost a contradicting feeling that Scottie is falling for somebody who may not actually be herself, spiritually or mentally. Scottie drives past the hillside and the music plays out in a very desiring way, slipping back into the tone of inquiry. At this point, Scottie is no longer following Madeline as a favor for a friend he is following her out of his own interest, his own obsession. for a friend he is following her out of his own interest, his own obsession....
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