Vertigo, Friday the 13

This is a friendly reminder to visit us on May 13. Eric Binford from DIARY OF A MOVIE MANIAC  will co-host a discussion on Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo with me. I watched it again last week and enjoyed it more than ever. It is obvious Alfred Hitchcock is a metaphor for Scottie, and I will share why. The color imagery is one of the better aspects of the film.


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.”

Please join us on Friday the 13. It’s sure to be a lucky day!0001-60259980If you would like to co-host a monthly discussion sometime in your future, let’s talk about what you are passionate about. A genre? A star? A director? A film?

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18 thoughts on “Vertigo, Friday the 13”

    1. Oh, I agree, Alex. Edith Hunt did an exceptional job in this film dressing the characters to match their personalities–the costumes added to the color imagery beautifully.


      1. Edith Head’s designs for Kim Novak in Vertigo are arguably some of the most important costumes in film history. Madeleine and Judy are defined by their sharply differing styles and Kim has said herself that the differences between the characters’ wardrobes helped her immensely as an actress.
        I’ll look forward to reading more about this and other aspects of Vertigo on the 13th.


  1. Vertigo is a masterpiece. Can’t wait to hear you guys dig into it. BTW, I’d be lying if I said the title of this post had me hoping you somehow found a link between Vertigo and the Friday the 13th franchise. O well.


  2. I need to see this movie again, it has been too long and I don’t remember enough. Hopefully I get to watch it before the 13th! Also, I’m interested in having a discussion like this with you, I love talking movies. Let me know if I can be a co-host 🙂 I thought we could discuss Gilliam’s dystopian trilogy (Brazil, 12 monkeys, Zero Theorem)



  3. One of my all time favorite movies! Deep themes don’t come out without details being done well and whenever the main drivers of this movie came together great ideas were shared. I especially liked Rope.


    1. Welcome, Ray. I agree deep themes need details. The motifs add a complexity that I find fun and entertaining. With regards to the influence of the Catholic church instilling the corporal and venal sins and the need for penance and reconciliation, I think it’s an important motif in the film. Especially when you consider it was the nun who startled Judy off the precipice. What’s the message there? Is it Judy’s comeuppance for scamming Scottie in the first place? Is it Hitchcock’s way of killing the real woman for killing his obsession, Madeleine? Or if you buy that the nun is the motherly/virtuous representation of women, is she killing the root of Scottie’s sin?

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      1. I’m not sure we will ever know, however, I have always felt it was tied to the religious side of things. For example the idea above that it was a comeuppance or that the nun represents a spiritual side in that it is her conscious that kills her. I’m not sure. Sometimes I think Hitchcock threw in bits of randomness just to keep people guessing.


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