Topics: Alfred Hitchcock, San Francisco Bay Area, Dolly zoom Pages: 2 (638 words) Published: April 22, 2013
Vertigo. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Perf. James Stewart, Kim Knovc, Barbara Bel Geddes. Paramount Pictures, 1958. This film is an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, this is truly my opinion. The main characters where: James Stewart who played John “Scottie” Ferguson, the protagonist detective with the police department whom has retired early because of his acrophobia; and Kim Novack the antagonist who plays Madeline Elster the wife of Gavin Elster who hire’s Scottie to follow his wife. Gavin believes that his wife may be possessed by her great grandmother Carlotta. Then there is Barbara Bel Geddes who plays Midge, Scotties ex-fiancé. The films setting were in a rural area in California. The scene where Madeline supposably jumped from the belle tower was a Spanish Mission called Mission San Juan Bautista, and also there was where Madeline attempted suicide by jumping into the San Francisco Bay. Scottie is in a depression due to his acrophobia that caused the death of a fellow police officer. Midge wants to help but quickly realizes that the only way Scottie is ever going to recover is by having another dramatic episode. Scottie takes on a free-lance job for Gavin Elster to watch his wife he suspects to be possessed by Carlotta her great grandmother. When following her she goes to the museum that has a large picture of Carlotta and watches Madeline sit in front of it on a bench staring at the picture, after a few moments for hours Madeline leaves gets into her car and drives away. Scottie followers her to the San Francisco Bay, she gets out of her car and jumps into the bay. Scottie rescues her and takes her back to his apartment. When Madeline wakes she seems disorientated and wants to know how she got there. Scottie explains and she does not have any memory of the museum or the Bay. Then the phone rings and he goes into the bedroom to answer the phone, it is her husband and he is telling him about the events when Madeline leaves. This scene was produced from the...
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