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In the 1958 film Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock examines the vast intricacies of the dizzyinging effects of vertigo Hitchcock examined the ailment in a physical mental and almost supernatural form Some of the insights are easy to spot but others are buried deep within the cognitive caverns of the scripting acting and production of the film According to Doctor Robert Herting and Doctor Nora Frohberg of the University of Iowa vertigo is A sense that the environment is spinning around or a sensation of feeling impelled forward backward or to either side In Hitchcocks Vertigo the main character John Scottie Ferguson has a severe case of vertigo caused by high altitudes If Mr Ferguson looks down from a place of an elevated stature he becomes almost instantly dizzied and disoriented Although the film capitalizes on Scotties infirmity the film itself is meant to give the audience a vertigoish sensation through the use of a twisting and entwined story line carefully planned camera angles and dialoging which changes course several times throughout the work The viewer is swept from scene to scene which rapidly changes his or her opinions every few minutes John Ferguson is taken on a wild ride wedged tightly between fear insanity and breakdown From woman to woman and emotional state to emotional state Ferguson is trapped in a seemingly never-ending spinning spiral downwards Being a retired detective Scottie is commissioned to follow the wife of an old friend Madeline Elster Misses Elster has supposedly been leaving home for strange reasons and then returning at night not aware of her whereabouts that day Scottie cases Madeline and learns her daily routine of sitting by herself at different locations all related to her great-grandmother Carlotta Realizing how similar their goals of love happiness and freedom are Scottie falls in love with her Thinking Madeline is possessed or evoking the spirit of Carlotta Scottie decides to help her release the specters hold
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