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Thumbnail for Vertigo (1958) Vertigo (1958)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 77
Category: Drama, Mystery/Noir/Thriller, RomanceNotable as: Psychological thrillerSub-Category: Mystery, Romance Film, Psychological thriller, ThrillerMain subject: suicideNarrative location: San Francisco, CaliforniaRuntime: 124 - 129 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: San FranciscoDirector: Alfred HitchcockScreenwriter: Alec Coppel, Samuel A. Taylor, Maxwell Anderson, Boileau-NarcejacBased on: The Living and the DeadMusic: Bernard HerrmannCinematography: Robert BurksStars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones, Raymond Bailey, Ellen Corby, Konstantin Shayne, Lee Patrick, Alfred HitchcockProducer: Paramount Pictures, Alfred HitchcockAwards won: National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Production Design (Henry Bumstead)
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story was based on the 1954 novel D'entre les morts by Boileau-Narcejac. The screenplay was written by Alec Coppel and Samuel A. Taylor. The film stars James Stewart as former police detective John "Scottie" Ferguson. Scottie is forced into early retirement because an incident in the line of duty has caused him to develop acrophobia and vertigo. Scottie is hired by an acquaintance, Gavin Elster, as a private investigator to follow Gavin's wife Madeleine, who is behaving strangely. The film was shot on location in San Francisco, California, and at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. It is the first film to utilize the dolly zoom, an in-camera effect that distorts perspective to create disorientation, to convey Scottie's acrophobia. As a result of its use in this film, the effect is often referred to as "the Vertigo effect". The film received mixed reviews upon initial release, but is now often cited as a classic Hitchcock film and one of the defining works of his career.


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