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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/vertigo_poster_5562.jpg]] ->''Vertigo - A feeling of dizziness...a swimming in the head...figuratively a state in which all things seem to be engulfed in a whirlpool of terror.'' A classic 1958 film directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock. JimmyStewart plays John "Scottie" Ferguson, a San Francisco detective who, because of a rooftop chase which leads to the death of one of his fellow officers, develops a fear of heights. 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. Scottie suffers a mental breakdown for some time after his love's death, constantly seeing her in women he meets. It turns out that there is one woman who really does look a lot like Madeleine - a sharp-tongued brunette named Judy Barton (Novak again). Still haunted by the memory of his dead love, Scottie pursues a relationship with Judy. But the ghosts of the past never die, and their consequences prove to be what no one expected... The film was released to mixed reviews and modest box office results. Critics complained of the film being overly long, slow and too "bogged in detail". However by the late 1960s, scholar Robin Wood re-evaluated the film to be "one of the four or five most profound and beautiful films the cinema has yet given us". Removed from circulation in 1973, it remained somewhat obscure. It was re-released to cinemas in 1983 and on home video in 1984. This time it was a commercial hit and reviews were overwhelmingly positive. By the end of the 1980s, ''Vertigo'' [[VindicatedByHistory was considered among the best films of Hitchcock and highly significant for film history]]. In 2012, it earned first place in a poll by ''Sight and Sound'' determining the 50 greatest movies, dethroning ''Film/CitizenKane'' from 50 years of making the top of their charts. If it's the comics company you're looking for, search no further than VertigoComics. ---- !!Tropes: * BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: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.]] * CatapultNightmare * CreatorCameo: Hitchcock appears walking past the entrance of Gavin Elster's shipyard. * DeletedScene: During the film's production a tacked-on ending scene mandated by the HaysCode (set in Midge's apartment, and offering a clearer exposition of [[spoiler:Elster's and Scottie's]] fates) was shot. While Hitchcock managed to get the scene excised in favor of his preferred, more ambiguous ending, it did turn up in some overseas prints of the film and was eventually included as an extra on the laserdisc and DVD releases. (Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imbLXT2K--M here]].) * DigitalDestruction: The version included in the Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection DVD box set boasts a colorized version of the opening shot, a woman's face. Fortunately, the Blu-Ray features this scene in its original black and white. ** On a more infamous note (no pun intended), when Robert A. Harris and James Catz restored the movie for the 1996 re-release, they remixed the soundtrack into six-channel DTS by mixing new sound effects with the original music and dialogue. However, by the time Universal decided to restore the movie again, for its 2012 re-release and Blu-Ray debut, technology had evolved to a point where they could remix the soundtrack while keeping the original sound effects. * DisneyVillainDeath: Sort of. * DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: {{deconstructed}} * DrivingADesk: Particularly noticeable, to the point where Scottie seems to be driving on the wrong side of the road sometimes. * EmpathicEnvironment: As Pop Liebel tells the story of Carlotta at the Argosy Book Shop, it gets noticeably darker both inside and outside the store. ** When Judy leaves the bathroom after getting her hair done in Madeline's style, there is an intense fog around her as though Madeline has "come back from the dead." [[spoiler: Which she technically ''has''.]] * EpiphanyTherapy: Massively subverted, perhaps even deconstructed. * FollowTheLeader: BrianDePalma's ''Body Double'', but with claustrophobia instead of acrophobia. * {{Foreshadowing}}: Midge's comment that "only another emotional shock" could cure Scottie's acrophobia foreshadows the final shot of the film. * GainaxEnding * GlassesGirl: Midge. * HaveAGayOldTime: Try to listen to Midge's comments about "the gay old bohemian days of gay old San Francisco" without chuckling now. * HeroicBSOD: Scottie suffers a severe one about halfway through the film. * ImpairmentShot: This is how the VertigoEffect is used in the movie--to show Scottie's attacks of vertigo. * INeedAFreakingDrink: Scottie, after Elster tells him about Madeleine's relationship to (and seeming possession by) Carlotta Valdes. * InternalReveal: A particularly shocking one in which the audience finds out that Judy and Madeleine are one and the same. * JustFriends: Scottie and Midge, though they were once engaged and she still retains obvious feelings for him. * KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Gavin Eslter, although this is presumably negated in the DeletedScene mentioned above.]] * LiteralCliffhanger * TheLostLenore: Increasingly subverted. * LoveMartyr: Judy * LovingAShadow: It's clear that Scottie never would have given Judy a second glance if she hadn't so strongly resembled Madeleine. * MindScrew * NunsAreSpooky * PlotHole: How on Earth did Judy get out of that hotel without Scottie seeing her? ** Logically, there could have been a back exit, and the hotel clerk was most likely paid off not to reveal the truth to Scottie so she could escape * ReplacementGoldfish: Sums up Scottie's entire relationship with Judy. * RoofHopping: Turns out to be a [[RealityEnsues bad idea]]. * SanFrancisco * SceneryPorn: Lots of shots of beautiful California countryside. * StairwellChase: The first scene in the belltower. * TakeMyHand: Used, and tragically subverted, in the opening scene. * ThroughTheEyesOfMadness * VertigoEffect: TropeMaker and indirect TropeNamer. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Midge disappears half-way through the movie. * WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Heights for Scottie. * ZipMeUp: Judy needs help with a necklace. This leads directly to the climax. ----
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/vertigo_poster_5562.jpg]] ->''Vertigo - A feeling of dizziness...a swimming in the head...figuratively a state in which all things seem to be engulfed in a whirlpool of terror.'' A classic 1958 film directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock. JimmyStewart plays John "Scottie" Ferguson, a San Francisco detective who, because of a rooftop chase which leads to the death of one of his fellow officers, develops a fear of heights. 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. Scottie suffers a mental breakdown for some time after his love's death, constantly seeing her in women he meets. It turns out that there is one woman who really does look a lot like Madeleine - a sharp-tongued brunette named Judy Barton (Novak again). Still haunted by the memory of his dead love, Scottie pursues a relationship with Judy. But the ghosts of the past never die, and their consequences prove to be what no one expected... The film was released to mixed reviews and modest box office results. Critics complained of the film being overly long, slow and too "bogged in detail". However by the late 1960s, scholar Robin Wood re-evaluated the film to be "one of the four or five most profound and beautiful films the cinema has yet given us". Removed from circulation in 1973, it remained somewhat obscure. It was re-released to cinemas in 1983 and on home video in 1984. This time it was a commercial hit and reviews were overwhelmingly positive. By the end of the 1980s, ''Vertigo'' [[VindicatedByHistory was considered among the best films of Hitchcock and highly significant for film history]]. In 2012, it earned first place in a poll by ''Sight and Sound'' determining the 50 greatest movies, dethroning ''Film/CitizenKane'' from 50 years of making the top of their charts. If it's the comics company you're looking for, search no further than VertigoComics. ---- !!Tropes: * BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: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.]] * CatapultNightmare * CreatorCameo: Hitchcock appears walking past the entrance of Gavin Elster's shipyard. * DeletedScene: During the film's production a tacked-on ending scene mandated by the HaysCode (set in Midge's apartment, and offering a clearer exposition of [[spoiler:Elster's and Scottie's]] fates) was shot. While Hitchcock managed to get the scene excised in favor of his preferred, more ambiguous ending, it did turn up in some overseas prints of the film and was eventually included as an extra on the laserdisc and DVD releases. (Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imbLXT2K--M here]].) * DigitalDestruction: The version included in the Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection DVD box set boasts a colorized version of the opening shot, a woman's face. Fortunately, the Blu-Ray features this scene in its original black and white. ** On a more infamous note (no pun intended), when Robert A. Harris and James Catz restored the movie for the 1996 re-release, they remixed the soundtrack into six-channel DTS by mixing new sound effects with the original music and dialogue. However, by the time Universal decided to restore the movie again, for its 2012 re-release and Blu-Ray debut, technology had evolved to a point where they could remix the soundtrack while keeping the original sound effects. * DisneyVillainDeath: Sort of. * DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: {{deconstructed}} * DrivingADesk: Particularly noticeable, to the point where Scottie seems to be driving on the wrong side of the road sometimes. * EmpathicEnvironment: As Pop Liebel tells the story of Carlotta at the Argosy Book Shop, it gets noticeably darker both inside and outside the store. ** When Judy leaves the bathroom after getting her hair done in Madeline's style, there is an intense fog around her as though Madeline has "come back from the dead." [[spoiler: Which she technically ''has''.]] * EpiphanyTherapy: Massively subverted, perhaps even deconstructed. * FollowTheLeader: BrianDePalma's ''Body Double'', but with claustrophobia instead of acrophobia. * {{Foreshadowing}}: Midge's comment that "only another emotional shock" could cure Scottie's acrophobia foreshadows the final shot of the film. * GainaxEnding * GlassesGirl: Midge. * HaveAGayOldTime: Try to listen to Midge's comments about "the gay old bohemian days of gay old San Francisco" without chuckling now. * HeroicBSOD: Scottie suffers a severe one about halfway through the film. * ImpairmentShot: This is how the VertigoEffect is used in the movie--to show Scottie's attacks of vertigo. * INeedAFreakingDrink: Scottie, after Elster tells him about Madeleine's relationship to (and seeming possession by) Carlotta Valdes. * InternalReveal: A particularly shocking one in which the audience finds out that Judy and Madeleine are one and the same. * JustFriends: Scottie and Midge, though they were once engaged and she still retains obvious feelings for him. * KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Gavin Eslter, although this is presumably negated in the DeletedScene mentioned above.]] * LiteralCliffhanger * TheLostLenore: Increasingly subverted. * LoveMartyr: Judy * LovingAShadow: It's clear that Scottie never would have given Judy a second glance if she hadn't so strongly resembled Madeleine. * MindScrew * NunsAreSpooky * PlotHole: How on Earth did Judy get out of that hotel without Scottie seeing her? ** Logically, there could have been a back exit, and the hotel clerk was most likely paid off not to reveal the truth to Scottie so she could escape * ReplacementGoldfish: Sums up Scottie's entire relationship with Judy. * RoofHopping: Turns out to be a [[RealityEnsues bad idea]]. * SanFrancisco * SceneryPorn: Lots of shots of beautiful California countryside. * StairwellChase: The first scene in the belltower. * TakeMyHand: Used, and tragically subverted, in the opening scene. * ThroughTheEyesOfMadness * VertigoEffect: TropeMaker and indirect TropeNamer. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Midge disappears half-way through the movie. * WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Heights for Scottie. * ZipMeUp: Judy needs help with a necklace. This leads directly to the climax. ---- [[redirect:Film/{{Vertigo}}]]
25th Nov '12 5:14:33 PM furiouslyfurry
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* RoofHopping: Turns out to be a bad idea.
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* RoofHopping: Turns out to be a [[RealityEnsues bad idea.idea]].

* VertigoEffect: TropeMaker, of course.
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* VertigoEffect: TropeMaker, of course.TropeMaker and indirect TropeNamer.
20th Nov '12 10:48:58 PM dsneybuf
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The film was released to mixed reviews and modest box office results. Critics complained of the film being overly long, slow and too "bogged in detail". However by the late 1960s, scholar Robin Wood re-evaluated the film to be "one of the four or five most profound and beautiful films the cinema has yet given us". Removed from circulation in 1973, it remained somewhat obscure. It was re-released to cinemas in 1983 and on home video in 1984. This time it was a commercial hit and reviews were overwhelmingly positive. By the end of the 1980s, ''Vertigo'' [[VindicatedByHistory was considered among the best films of Hitchcock and highly significant for film history]].
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The film was released to mixed reviews and modest box office results. Critics complained of the film being overly long, slow and too "bogged in detail". However by the late 1960s, scholar Robin Wood re-evaluated the film to be "one of the four or five most profound and beautiful films the cinema has yet given us". Removed from circulation in 1973, it remained somewhat obscure. It was re-released to cinemas in 1983 and on home video in 1984. This time it was a commercial hit and reviews were overwhelmingly positive. By the end of the 1980s, ''Vertigo'' [[VindicatedByHistory was considered among the best films of Hitchcock and highly significant for film history]]. history]]. In 2012, it earned first place in a poll by ''Sight and Sound'' determining the 50 greatest movies, dethroning ''Film/CitizenKane'' from 50 years of making the top of their charts.
20th Nov '12 7:08:50 PM RetsofNoraa
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** When Judy leaves the bathroom after getting her hair done in Madeline's style, there is an intense fog around her as though Madeline has "come back from the dead." [[spoiler: Which she technically ''has''.]]
17th Nov '12 7:51:01 PM dsneybuf
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** On a more infamous note (no pun intended), when Robert A. Harris and James Catz restored the movie for the 1996 re-release, they remixed the soundtrack into six-channel DTS by mixing new sound effects with the original music and dialogue. However, by the time Universal decided to restore the movie again, for its 2012 re-release and Blu-Ray debut, technology had evolved to a point where they could restore the original soundtrack while keeping the original sound effects.
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** On a more infamous note (no pun intended), when Robert A. Harris and James Catz restored the movie for the 1996 re-release, they remixed the soundtrack into six-channel DTS by mixing new sound effects with the original music and dialogue. However, by the time Universal decided to restore the movie again, for its 2012 re-release and Blu-Ray debut, technology had evolved to a point where they could restore remix the original soundtrack while keeping the original sound effects.
17th Nov '12 7:49:27 PM dsneybuf
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** On a more infamous note (no pun intended), when Robert A. Harris and James Catz restored the movie for the 1996 re-release, they found original soundtrack in such disrepair, some sound effects needed to get re-recorded. Some scenes even received entirely new sound effects.[[note]]For example, the policeman chasing a criminal in the opening originally fired his gun three times, but this version added a sound for one of the bullets ricocheting.[[/note]] However, by the time Universal decided to restore the movie again, for its 2012 re-release and Blu-Ray debut, technology had evolved to a point where they could restore the original soundtrack while keeping the original sound effects.
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** On a more infamous note (no pun intended), when Robert A. Harris and James Catz restored the movie for the 1996 re-release, they found original remixed the soundtrack in such disrepair, some into six-channel DTS by mixing new sound effects needed to get re-recorded. Some scenes even received entirely new sound effects.[[note]]For example, with the policeman chasing a criminal in the opening originally fired his gun three times, but this version added a sound for one of the bullets ricocheting.[[/note]] original music and dialogue. However, by the time Universal decided to restore the movie again, for its 2012 re-release and Blu-Ray debut, technology had evolved to a point where they could restore the original soundtrack while keeping the original sound effects.
17th Nov '12 10:30:48 AM dsneybuf
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** On a more infamous note (no pun intended), when Robert A. Harris and James Catz restored the movie for the 1996 re-release, they found original soundtrack in such disrepair, some sound effects needed to get re-recorded. Some scenes even received entirely new sound effects.[[note]]For example, the policeman chasing a criminal in the opening originally fired his gun three times, but this version added a sound for one of the bullets ricocheting.[[/note]] However, by the time Universal decided to restore the movie again, for its 2012 re-release and Blu-Ray debut, technology had evolved to a point where they could restore the original soundtrack while keeping the original sound effects.
10th Nov '12 6:37:16 PM dsneybuf
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* DigitalDestruction: The version included in the Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection DVD box set boasts a colorized version of the opening shot, a woman's face. Fortunately, the Blu-Ray features this scene in its original black and white.
14th Oct '12 12:34:38 AM jamespolk
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* ImpairmentShot: This is how the VertigoEffect is used in the movie--to show Scottie's attacks of vertigo.
12th Oct '12 6:13:13 PM jamespolk
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Midge's comment that "only another emotional shock" could cure Scottie's acrophobia foreshadows the final shot of the film.

* HeroicBSOD: Scottie suffers a severe one about halfway through the film.

* [[spoiler: LovingAShadow: It's clear that Scottie never would have given Judy a second glance if she hadn't so strongly resembled Madeleine.]]
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* [[spoiler: LovingAShadow: It's clear that Scottie never would have given Judy a second glance if she hadn't so strongly resembled Madeleine.]]

* [[spoiler: ThroughTheEyesOfMadness]]
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* [[spoiler: ThroughTheEyesOfMadness]]ThroughTheEyesOfMadness
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