It’s time to announce the Lucky 13 Film Club topic for May. Help me welcome Mainer movie buff, Eric Binford, found at DIARY OF A MOVIE MANIAC, as we co-host a discussion on Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
The challenge of discussing Vertigo is what to talk about that hasn’t already been said in the last fifty-eight years since its release. Eric and I exchanged thoughts, deciding on what we will focus, and your different opinions are most welcome on May 13.
Eric said, “Vertigo constantly alludes to religion, specifically Catholicism. Also, Hitchcock’s brutal critique of the shortcomings of idealization interests me a great deal. Idealism tends to have positive connotations. It’s often used to describe a person’s high morals. In Vertigo, interestingly, Hitchcock suggests that the opposite is true.”
I’ll be discussing how color imagery and music functions in the film. Additionally, Scottie is a metaphor for Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock the director is the manipulator of women. He was in love and obsessed with his image while the real woman meant little to him.
We hope you will visit us on May 13. Until then, pledge to watch Vertigo again with fresh eyes. What? You’ve never seen it? Great! Now’s the time to fix this blind spot and join the fun.