From the very first images of Saul Bass' credit sequence, the whorls and patterns revolving in darkness, the huge eye bathed in red, the movie lets us feel the heartbeat and divided soul of its hero. And its creator. It is a movie about desire, darkness and the pull toward destruction. Most of all, it is about impossible love and overwhelming fear--conveyed with consummate control and art. Watching it, we feel the fear, suffer the desire. [Restored version; 18 Oct 1996, p.1]
A former San Francisco cop terrified of heights falls in love with the woman he's supposed to protect, but appearances hide reality.
Few words to describe this noir masterpiece. Only Hitchcock could make a film like this.
Another masterpiece from the master of cinema: Hitchcock.
The film can be said to have the best direction in history with a wonderful camera and unique techniques and excellent form.
Bernard Herrmann's music, which conveys dizziness to us, is perfect and beautiful.
The main point of the film is its suspense, which Hitchcock performed perfectly in this film, the perfect acting of Novak and good Stewart.
In the end, it can be said that Vertigo is a masterpiece in the history of cinema, but it is not the best film in history!!!
Because it is a short distance away from the best movie in history, Rear Window.
This dizzyingly intricate film reveals new facets each time you see it. We leave Vertigo unsettled, like Scottie, who ends up on the edge of a precipice. Hitchcock is daring us to leap. He has prepared the ultimate fix for a cinema junkie: a movie to get lost in.
rewatching Hitchcock movies in a row, this one does not for me stand up to the best. He mastered the disaster movie (The Birds), the slasher (Psycho-the first slasher movie), the spy movie (North by Northwest), film noir (Shadow of a Doubt), the thriller (Strangers on a Train), the voyeur (Rear Window) but to me this one is boring. lots of cool scenery, postcard backgrounds. I loved Kim Novak as the love starved pretty girl when I was younger but now a hot girl who cannot find love seems implausible. I get tired of Jimmy Stewart, he is always skeptical about something. The opening is amazing, you can see it referenced in The Matrix, how better to be scared of something than see somebody die that way. I also did not like "Dial M for Murder" or "Rope" but the 39 steps was great.
I fully understand that it was a "shocking suspense" by the time it made it's way to the cinemas, but nowadays - in 2019 - it's not so great. Characters are a bit plain, the plot is slow and only partially interesting, but the worst thing is that zoom... Of course, it was something new back in the day, new and interesting, but now it looks like Hitchcock is treating audience as stupid, like "look at this, it's important". It'd be bearable if it'd be done once or twice, but this movie is full of scenes like this, slowly zooming in and telling you to pay attention. Okay, Mr H., I got that.