Thursday, August 30, 2012

Some thoughts on Hitchcock's "Vertigo"

Last Monday I had the house to myself. Monday is the only Bank Holiday that I get that Olly and the we'ans do not... so I had a few hours to myself.

I bought a four-pack of Alfred Hitchcock films on DVD a while back... and took the opportunity to watch "Vertigo". I hadn't seen it in a long, long time and was in the mood.

The first thing I noticed was how powerful the credits are... simple graphics from Saul Bass but when matched with Bernard Herrmann's score they were really moving and set the tone of the film.

The next thing I picked up on was Hitchcock's attention to detail. Each scene is perfect. Each interaction is effortless. I loved Hitchcock's cinematography... the angles he uses. Simply first class.

I also loved the way San Francisco was portrayed in such a way that it becomes an integral character. I would love to visit the Argosy Bookstore, Ernie's restaurant or see the Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Point. Beautiful.

If you haven't seen "Vertigo" then please check it out. It really is great.


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