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VERTIGO Alfred Hitchcocks Vertigo is a thrilling film filled with mystery and suspense However Hitchcock left many unsolved issues at the end of this film In contrast when comparing Vertigo to more recent films of similar type mysteries are usually always solved and thoroughly explained by the end of the film Ironically Hitchcocks failure to explain everything to the audience in Vertigo is one of the films best attributes This lack of knowledge allows the viewer to use their own imagination and speculate as to what might or might not have become of certain characters Vertigo boasted several different themes Jimmy Stewart otherwise known as Scottie in the film played this everyman type whose personality was cruelly twisted into an overly obsessive man His cause for obsession was a beautiful young woman played by Kim Novak known as both Madeleine and Judy in the film Madeleine drew Scottie in so deep that he literally became a different person This film mirrored Hitchcocks personal feelings and was considered to be his favorite film While there are many scenes that prove the above theme the following are three specific scenes that clearly spell out Scotties obsession The scene where Scottie was sitting in his car alone after dropping Midge off at her home is a good first example Midge and Scottie had just spent an afternoon together researching Carlotta Valdes history Before Midge got out of the car she told Scottie much to his dismay that she was going view Carlottas portrait at the museum As soon as Midge got out of the car Scottie pulled out his brochure from the museum and turned to the page that hosted Carlottas portrait As he stared at her picture for several moments he began to visualize Madeleines face Clearly this was one of the first signs of his growing obsession Another good example is the scene where Madeleine jumped into the bay Scottie rushed to her aid
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