History Film / Vertigo

11th Feb '17 3:22:38 PM Crantastic
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Scottie goes on leave for a while, but is persuaded to go back on the job by Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore), a college buddy of his, who wants him to trail his wife Madeleine who has been behaving oddly. As he observes the beautiful, mysterious Madeleine (KimNovak), he begins developing feelings for her - feelings that are reciprocated by her. However, Madeleine appears to be possessed by the spirit of her dead ancestor Carlotta Valdes who is trying to get her to commit suicide. Scottie tries to help her out of this apparent madness, but in vain as he finds himself watching helplessly as Madeleine plunges to her death from the roof of a bell tower, unable to reach her in time due to his vertigo.

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Scottie goes on leave for a while, but is persuaded to go back on the job by Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore), a college buddy of his, who wants him to trail his wife Madeleine who has been behaving oddly. As he observes the beautiful, mysterious Madeleine (KimNovak), (Kim Novak), he begins developing feelings for her - feelings that are reciprocated by her. However, Madeleine appears to be possessed by the spirit of her dead ancestor Carlotta Valdes who is trying to get her to commit suicide. Scottie tries to help her out of this apparent madness, but in vain as he finds himself watching helplessly as Madeleine plunges to her death from the roof of a bell tower, unable to reach her in time due to his vertigo.
10th Jan '17 3:16:21 AM benda
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* SweaterGirl: Judy Norton's standard tight-sweater-and-bullet-bra ensemble contrast Judy's earthy sexuality with Madeline the icy blond in the gray suit.

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* SweaterGirl: Judy Norton's Barton's standard tight-sweater-and-bullet-bra ensemble contrast Judy's earthy sexuality with Madeline the icy blond in the gray suit.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Midge disappears around the two-thirds point.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Midge disappears around the two-thirds point.point (she's present in the alternate deleted ending though).
10th Jan '17 3:14:05 AM benda
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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Scottie's real name is John.
10th Jan '17 3:12:19 AM benda
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* LiteralCliffhanger: The opening chase scene ends with Scottie hanging from a storm drain by his fingertips. This causes (or rather, activates) his acrophobia and vertigo.

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* LiteralCliffhanger: The opening chase scene ends with Scottie hanging from a storm drain by his fingertips. This causes activates (or rather, activates) even ''causes'') his acrophobia and vertigo.
10th Jan '17 3:11:31 AM benda
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* LiteralCliffhanger: The opening chase scene ends with Scottie hanging from a storm drain by his fingertips. This causes his acrophobia and vertigo.

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* LiteralCliffhanger: The opening chase scene ends with Scottie hanging from a storm drain by his fingertips. This causes (or rather, activates) his acrophobia and vertigo.
10th Jan '17 3:10:13 AM benda
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* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: After Madeleine jumps off the bell tower, Scottie meets Judy Norton and has her made over to look just like Madeleine. Little does he know that the truth is a lot weirder.

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* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: After Madeleine jumps off the bell tower, Scottie meets Judy Norton Barton and has her made over to look just like Madeleine. Little does he know that the truth is a lot weirder.



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Gavin gets to go scott-free with his crimes, while his partner-in-crime and lover, Judy/Madeleine, tries to repent and pays for it.]] This notably lead to the Hays Code demanding an alternate ending, which was shot, but never released.
* LastKiss: Ultimately subverted. After Madeleine ominously tells Scottie "If you lose me, then you'll know I loved you and wanted to go on loving you," she gives him a final kiss before heading off to the clock tower.

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Gavin gets to go scott-free with his crimes, while his partner-in-crime and lover, Judy/Madeleine, tries to repent and pays for it.]] This notably lead led to the Hays Code demanding an alternate ending, which was shot, but never released.
* LastKiss: Ultimately subverted. After Madeleine ominously tells Scottie "If you lose me, then you'll know I loved you and wanted to go on loving you," she gives him a final kiss before heading off to the clock tower. [[spoiler: Ditto for Judy, albeit it manages to be even more tragic this time.]]
10th Jan '17 3:04:02 AM benda
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* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler:Just as it seems EarnYourHappyEnding ensued, a nun enters, scaring Judy who falls to her death.]]

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* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler:Just as it seems EarnYourHappyEnding ensued, a nun enters, scaring Judy who falls to her death.]]]] Probably [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as the whole scene seems to be symbolic and is much more neatly woven in the overall tone and narrative than any happy ending would be.
10th Jan '17 3:00:20 AM benda
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* BatmanGambit: Gavin's plan to use Scottie's fear of heights to prevent him from getting to the top of the tower definitely qualifies. And if Scottie had ever seen a picture of the real Madeleine, Gavin would've been sunk.

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* BatmanGambit: Gavin's plan to use Scottie's fear of heights to prevent him from getting to the top of the tower definitely qualifies. And if If Scottie had ever seen a picture of the real Madeleine, either before or after her death, Gavin would've been sunk.
5th Jan '17 5:51:20 PM eroock
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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Elster kills his wife and makes it look like suicide.

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Elster [[spoiler:Elster]] kills his wife and makes it look like suicide.
5th Jan '17 11:51:07 AM jamespolk
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* HalfwayPlotSwitch: The driving plot thread of first half of the film is the mystery behind Carlotta Valdes and whether or not Madoline is possessed by her. The second half of the film [[spoiler: (After Madoline's "death".)]] is centered around Scottie's obsession with Madoline and the lengths he'll go to in order to be with her again.

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* HalfwayPlotSwitch: The driving plot thread of first half of the film is the mystery behind Carlotta Valdes and whether or not Madoline Madeline is possessed by her. The second half of the film [[spoiler: (After Madoline's "death".)]] (after Madeline's "death") is centered around Scottie's obsession with Madoline Madeline and the lengths he'll go to in order to be with her again.



* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler:Elster]] kills his wife and makes it look like suicide.
%%* MindScrew

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler:Elster]] Elster kills his wife and makes it look like suicide.
%%* MindScrew
suicide.



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: For [[spoiler:Judie]] in the end.

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: For [[spoiler:Judie]] [[spoiler:Judy]] in the end.



* YouRemindMeOfX: Scotty's line to Judie: "Because you remind me of somebody."

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* YouRemindMeOfX: Scotty's line to Judie: Judy: "Because you remind me of somebody."
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