Vertigo

Vertigo

By Alfred Hitchcock

  • Genre: Romance
  • Release Date: 1958-05-09
  • Advisory Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2h 8min
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99

Description

Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" has taken its place as the director's most spellbinding and deeply personal achievement. Silver screen legend James Stewart reteams with the Master of Suspense to play a detective who falls in love with a tortured, beautiful woman (Kim Novak) he is hired to surveil. His following lapse into obsession and desperation is the stuff of cinematic legend. Using the elegant, dramatic San Francisco locations to haunting effect, this timeless masterwork raises the bar for noir thrillers to dizzying heights. Also stars Emmy-winner Barbara Bel Geddes.

Reviews

  • Number 1 movie of all time!!!

    5
    By Mizzou Mike
    It’s simply the best :)
  • Classic!!!💯

    5
    By spdgtkt
    Thoroughly entertaining!!!
  • The ending

    1
    By Aaron LRJ
    The ending was not what I wanted it to be
  • It’s a different film each time

    5
    By JacobDude
    I just finished seeing this film again for maybe the fifth time all the way, beginning to end and I can’t believe how much it hooked me this time. I could not look away I just wanted it to keep going almost wanting to watch it again but yeah. The use of certain colors and symbolism along with other visuals to indicate or foreshadow events is almost unparalleled in my opinion. I have yet to see a director other than say Kubrick maybe that paid / pays this much attention to detail. Hitchcock was a genius, I underestimated his talent. The story is a mere catalyst for the themes to reveal themselves and when you catch on it becomes an elaborate kaleidoscope of beauty and deceit.
  • Only The Master Could Deliver It

    4
    By Semnick01
    No wonder Hitchcock is known as "master of suspense". I won't waste my time typing here how good is this film - would be like describing how great is a Lamborghini or Ferrari cars.
  • Hitchcock’s best film ever made

    5
    By SuzieLew
    People like to argue if Hitch’s best was Psycho, The Birds, Strangers on a Train, etc. An argument can be made for all of them because he developed such new and amazing techniques. Vertigo, however, is Hitchcock’s best film and has reasonably so, been named the ‘Best Film Made’ on the all time list. It is a roller coaster ride of a love story to put it in short. But there is so much more. Hitchcock uses voyeurism, like he did in Rear Window, to make sure you see only certain perspectives to let you think what the character is thinking. You see Scotty, Scotty is watching the woman sit in the art museum staring at the painting. We see and know what Scotty sees but by the end of the film the viewer will want to watch again to think ‘what is the woman staring at the painting doing’ as we have learned a whole new plot. The film has so many underlying themes: necrophilia, obsession, control. So much more than just love and loss. Hitchcock is the best manipulator of the audience: You’re kind of on page with Jimmie Stewart but at the same time you think ‘Man, what an abusive creep!’ -That’s not how we think of Jimmie Stewart! This film crossed so many boundaries and contemplation on the human brain and trauma, it’s sad to know when it was released, it was bypassed as a flop. Great acting, fabulous scenery, beautiful costumes, character development that exceeds the plot and the best director in cinema; what more could you want?!
  • Vertigo

    5
    By outer limits fan
    My favorite Hitchcock movie but ITunes has been selling a lot of movies from this era with the sides cut off to fit a 16X9 TV screen. This movie was filmed using VistaVision cameras with a ratio of about 2 to 1. 16x9 is not Vistavision so I'll stick with my old (but correct)director approved Laserdisc version until Itunes can get the studios to provide an unmolested version. Also Itunes should reveal the aspect ratio being offered and not just say "widescreen".
  • Overrated

    3
    By James9791
    Long, plodding and implausible. There are a couple of really great moments (including the opening credits), but this movie should be about 20 minutes shorter.
  • Fantastic

    5
    By Jkl011
    Just amazing. One of the best films ever (if not THE best film ever)! I'd recommend buying instead of renting, because it takes multiple views to really absorb all of Hitchcock's nuances.
  • Possibly the greatest film of all time

    5
    By Mike Rood
    Certainly Hitchcock’s crowning masterpiece and perhaps the greatest film ever made.

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