Thoughts on Vertigo

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 6:02 PM By Simon

-I was under the impression that there would be, in the fevered dream sequence, a thing where Jimmy is falling on a swirling black-and-white background. You know the one I'm talking about.

-I love Jimmy Stewarts voice. So hard to take him seriously, and yet, you can't help it.

-Brilliant, everything. The murder mystery, the dialogue between Scottie (Stewart) and his confidante Midge (Barbara Bel Geddes), the same between Scottie and Kim Novak's two very different, complex characters, Judy and Madeleine, the ending, everything.

-I am now convinced Alfred Hitchcock secretly had a fetish for modestly dressed, bespectled women. At least as the second bananas.

-It did lull during the romantic bits, but that's because 1) romantic bits are always boring, and 2) I find pre-80s kissing scenes hilarious.

2 comments:

Rob said...

Vertigo's a weird one but utterly classic, that's for sure. Some of the sequences are so dreamlike...and yet, ultimately, I kind of hate Jimmy Stewart's character. I wish HE'D have died, instead of Madeline/Judy. I was lucky enough to see this in a real theater on the big screen when it was FINALLY re-issued: cool as HELL!
I've read that Vera Miles(of Psycho fame)was his original choice to play Kim Novak's role...interesting...
Kim's eyebrows always sort of bug me for some reason. It's like they're trying to fly off her forehead. That may just be me, though.

July 14, 2010 at 11:00 PM
Wild Celtic said...

I will have to watch this soon. Glad you liked it!

July 16, 2010 at 9:23 AM