On a literal level it is a mystery-suspense story of a man hoodwinked into acting as an accomplice in a murder, his discovery of the hoax, and the unraveling of the threads of the murder plot. On a psychological level the film traces the twisted, circuitous routes of a psyche burdened down with guilt, desperately searching for an object on which to concentrate its repressed energy. Finally, on an allegorical or figurative level, it is a retelling of the immemorial tale of a man who has lost his love to death and in hope of redeeming her descends into the underworld, the most famous of these stories being that of Orpheus and Eurydice in Greek Mythology. VERTIGO's complexity, however, does not end with this multilevel approach to its tale; the film also succeeds in blurring the already fine line between objectivity and subjectivity.
Film Components in the Composition of Vertigo Film Components in the Composition of Vertigo Film Components in the Composition of "Vertigo" When making a good film, many key elements such as lighting, color, editing, visual design and sound, come into play. Another very important element is composition which refers to how subjects are arranged in relation to each other and to the sides of the frame.
Framing, mise-en-scene or staging, and photographing all play a significant role in the composition of films, thus creating a desired meaning of the film creator. Through the unique composition of the Alfred Hitchcock film, Vertigo, the audience is able to gain a deeper understanding of what is happening without it being directly presented to them through the characters actions or dialogue.
In this suspenseful film, every frame, line and scene is filled with meaning from beginning to end.
The names of the director and the two leads appear in front of an extreme close-up of a woman's face and the rest of the cast and crew are listed while spirals rush towards the audience. Because of this approach, the audience knows that this woman known as both Judy Barton and Madeline, played by Kim Novak, is going to be of great importance throughout the entire film.
The credits are followed by a rooftop chase in which Scottie, played by James Stewart, comes close to death when he does not quite make a jump from one roof to another and is left dangling on the side. The vertigo that Scottie is afflicted with and the visual representations of falling by the very high angle shots at key points throughout the film, helps the audience to understand the happenings that are to follow.
For example, when he first tries to conquer his fear by simply climbing a small step ladder, there is another point-of-view shot in which the audience feels Scotties fear because, though he is probably only about two feet off the ground, Scottie feels as though he is very high up and could fall.
Then, when his twisted relationship with Madeline begins, there are many aspects of composition that reveal the warped storyline just by unique shots, placement of the characters to the setting, size of the characters on the screen and so on.
For example, when Scottie first startsComponents of a Review INTRODUCTION The introductory paragraph usually includes: • • • • • • • bibliographic information about the book. Vertigo US (): Thriller. Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO is a film which functions on multiple levels simultaneously.
On a literal level it is a mystery-suspense story of a man hoodwinked into acting as an accomplice in a murder, his discovery of the hoax, and the unraveling of the threads of the murder plot. In the fabric of the film, love and vertigo, longing and fear are interwoven on even the most basic level of plot (without his acrophobia, Scottie would never have become a victim of Gavin Elster's diabolic plan; he would never have met Madeleine).
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Chapter Overview. Mise-en-Scène, the subject of Chapter 5, is a notoriously slippery concept to define or explain.
Although you should pay attention to the subtleties of the discussion throughout the chapter, the most fundamental thing you should remember about mise-en-scène is that it is comprised of two major visual elements: design and composition.
VERTIGO stars James Stewart as Scottie Ferguson, a police investigator who retires when he discovers he has a debilitating fear of heights. When a friend asks Scottie to find out whether his wife is possessed, Scottie agrees and begins trailing Madeleine (Kim Novak).