Stewart is a retired police detective with acrophobia

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Stewart is a retired police detective with acrophobia (fear of heights) o Hired to follow the wife of an old friend o Vera Miles is not in the movie o More than just a great film – really about Hitchcock himself o An artist exposing his own obsessions, weaknesses, etc
o Mixed reviews, not a box office hit o Upon re-release, cemented his legacy as an auteur Speaking of the critics and academics in the Unit 5 Discussion, Many believe that "Vertigo" is a more important film than his others because it is his most personal film. In a minimum of fifty words, can you explain why many would consider it such a personal film? Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” has proven itself to be a masterpiece, one that Hitchcock himself created as a more personal film. First, Hitchcock pulled out all of the stops and utilized all of his skills and experiences with previous films combining them into a truly mesmerizing film. Like previous films, Hitchcock focused on repetition and doubling of themes. The repetition of the falling to death from a high building, the way Scottie looks at Madeleine through the window is the same as how he looked at Judy, and even the duality of Madeleine and Judy as a whole. I get the impression that Hitchcock made “Vertigo” as a metaphor for his loss of his ideal actress (and potential lover) Grace Kelly. Even the way Kim Novak looks is eerily similar to Kelly down to her hair, makeup, accent, and diction. The behavior of Scottie could be based on Hitchcock’s own feelings and actions surrounding Kelly with the literal death of Madeleine being a metaphor for the figurative loss of Kelly. Like Scottie, Hitchcock creates a metaphor for the deterioration of his mental state after the loss of his dear Kelly. The final conclusion of “Vertigo” allows for the viewer to see the main point: there is a fine line between passion and obsession, a lesson Hitchcock most likely had to learn the hard way, making this film a personalized masterpiece. Unit 7: The Ultimate Hitchcock Movies “Vertigo” Effect o Zoom in and pull back at the same time o Took Hitchcock 15 years to figure out how to do this o Had wanted to do it in “Rebecca” o Hitchcock wanted Vera Miles but got pregnant o Kim Novak was cast instead, she had a strong personality o Did not tolerate Hitchcock’s romantic obsession o Wardrobe was handled by Oscar Winner Edith Head o She chose the grey for Novak to wear o Still, Novak and Hitchcock fought over shoe color, and whether Judy wore a bra o Edith Head was the inspiration for Edna Mode in the Incredibles o Bernard Hermann’s score plays well with the themes o Jimmy Stewart was a no brainer and was the epitome of who Hitchcock really was o Still, Hitchcock thought that Stewart was too old for the part 1955 o Lew Wasserman talked to Hitchcock about doing TV since he was already well known but TV could make him even bigger o Hitchcock was a brand name o Unlike most directors, people knew what he looked like. His name and appearances in his films are examples of his authorship o Appears in 37 films total
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