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Peter Labuza

That is a great dig up, Glenn. Having rewatched Vertigo at MoMI this weekend (the pre-resotration print was sadly out of focus and and framed incorrectly - unless the film was "Irected by Alfred Hitchcoc"), I am again struck at why I tell people this and "Raging Bull" are my favorite movies.

Some notes I made that I had somehow missed in previous re-watches.

-Scottie is not Scottie's name. It's Johnny, which he uses for different contexts and people, just as we have Madeline/Judy. (Also noted is that Midge calls him "Johnny-O," which reminds me of David Sterritt's theory of circles signifying nothing in Hitchcock (or something like that), notably Roger O. Thornhill in NWW, "The O stands for nothing."

-The way the film is built around the three falls, and in each one, Scottie actually comes closer to implicating himself in the crime he thinks he's guilty of committing. In the first, it's total accident. In the second, he's a cog in the crime. And in the third, he's the impetus.

-Boy this movie is full of plot holes eh? How did Scottie get down from the ledge? How did Madeline escape the hotel? How did Gavin and Madeline escape the tower? Why would Judy stay in San Francisco? How does a woman just put on her clothes that quickly? Hopefully Dark Knight fanboys don't get their hands on this one and "nitpick" this one. (My point here is I kind of love the unsettling "un-perfect" plot of Vertigo as opposed to other Hitchcocks, which puts us in Scottie's subjectivity so much more).

-And on the other hand, the plot is perfect. During the first museum scene, I thought to myself, hey I wonder where that necklace is, completely forgetting that is the signifier in the end that tips of Scottie. So that reveal was a big whoa moment for me.

Tony Dayoub

Simply perfect. RIP Chris Marker.

Sean

I would buy those three screen grabs as an art piece. Lovely.

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-Boy this movie is full of plot holes eh? How did Scottie get down from the ledge? How did Madeline escape the hotel? How did Gavin and Madeline escape the tower? Why would Judy stay in San Francisco? How does a woman just put on her clothes that quickly? Hopefully Dark Knight fanboys don't get their hands on this one and "nitpick" this one. (My point here is I kind of love the unsettling "un-perfect" plot of Vertigo as opposed to other Hitchcocks, which puts us in Scottie's subjectivity so much more).

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