Cinematography of the third man

Cinematography of the third man

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TODAY i talk about The Cinematography of the third man with an in-depth review that breaks down this classic gem for 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon as today for the crafts part of 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon as Its Oscars talk time again. Today as part of 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon which is hosted by Once Upon a Screen,Outspoken and Freckled and Paula’s Cinema Club. Thanks to the wonderful hosts for today’s event and check out others form this event.

The Third Man (1949) Opening shots. 

Similar to other international noir genres, British film noir hardly fits the rigid categorical definition of noir based on Hollywood films. It does, however, contain many of the conventions and traits of Hollywood film noir such as a focus on the underworld of society, base emotions, and melodramatic events that portray an unjust and often cruel world. Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949) may be stand among the greatest movies ever made and it does rank almost among top British films ever made.

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The third man follows  an idealistic American writer of Westerns as he arrives in the corrupted, disparaged city of post-WWII Vienna, Austria, which has been divvied into four sections: French, Russian, British, and American.  Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) is an innocent, in some ways a clod, as he blindly follows a mystery, however dangerous, until its ultimate conclusion at the end. 

The third man has many key layers that it shares with american noir that may be a common thread of both ends of the great pond as its use of shadows and lighting really does also play a huge role into the movie.  A focus on the underworld of society of  Vienna, Austria. The base emotions, and melodramatic events that portray an unjust and often cruel world of post war  Vienna, Austria which is divided after the second world war into four zones French, Russian, British, and American.  Plot:Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

The third man is probably the greatest British thriller of the postwar by director Carol Reed and screenwriter Graham Greene set a fable of moral corruption in a world of near-Byzantine visual complexity: the streets and ruins of occupied Vienna which is far removed from the image of the rollicking erotic’s of Ernst Lubitsch or the wistful elegance and melancholy beauty of Max Ophüls. This Vienna is a movie milieu that really is vastly different form Curtiz’s Casablanca or Sternberg’s Morocco as it is unlike them, it is primarily the real Vienna, It is the real raw streets of the rubble and look of the bleak city after the second world war. The third man is shot by Reed and cameraman Robert Krasker in such a striking style which captures the city of Vienna. The camera work of Robert Krasker shot the movie in off-angle compositions and wide-angle lens distortions along that really does give some shots that really does feel striking to see unfold on the screen.

As you see in this scene above you see One of the many great Dutch-angled shots in The Third Man (1949) as truly it is giving you an oddball look at the city in a striking style.These striking camera shots really work to capture the raw city. The macabre landscape with the outstanding camerawork captures the city with  Anton Karas’ legendary zither score as the tale unwinds on the screen.

Two symbolic settings of the movie is a Ferris wheel towering above the city, and the shadowy chaos of the sewers. Holly comes face to face with the supreme evil, the supreme betrayal: both Harry’s and his own. The two settings play key part into that ultimate end. This is one element of the third man that vastly does tell you about how the raw core of the depths that harry faces into what some call his trip down a rabbit hole. Its two settings tell the viewer this idea as key part of its shots. This what the symbolic settings tell us all about the journey of the movie to its end.

Which ends as Anna walks down road as he looks upon her as farewell to her as he knows she is still in love with a killer and he must follow her down into that place as her love is misplaced and misguided. It’s her way as she must find her back to the light. The symbolic nature of the ending and the movie really does bring to light the nature of what we feel as descend into our chaotic worlds often.

Don’t be so gloomy. After all it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long Holly.

 

Harry Lime: Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don’t. Why should we? They talk about the people and the proletariat, I talk about the suckers and the mugs – it’s the same thing. They have their five-year plans, so have I.
Martins: You used to believe in God. Harry Lime: Oh, I still do believe in God, old man. I believe in God and Mercy and all that. But the dead are happier dead. They don’t miss much here, poor devils.

Both these great quotes by Orson Welles really address the nature of our world in a collective darkness about how we think about governments in truth and how we believe in a god. It’s a collective reflection that really does feel at home in the third man as the city of Vienna afterwards of world war II. As quoted often noir is a reflection of how America and the world felt afterward of the second world war. So we see this collective expressions of its scenes and many quotes in this wonderful gem of a movie.

Joseph Cotten was not  carol Reed’s first choice for Martins; the director preferred Cary Grant, or even Jimmy Stewart but he ended up with Joseph Cotten. Joseph Cotten really gives us one fine performance as we see him really play wonderfully as he gives Martins the necessary dumfounded ignorance toward Vienna the role requires to really give us a caracter that is taking into this wild trip down a rabbit hole. He truly nails home this performance.

Orson Welles plays the elusive Harry Lime whom is one of the best villains ever put to the screen even for his limited time on screen as he plays one very convincing villain. Orson Welles was considered to be overshadowing the production of the third man. He kinda does even overshadow the director in many ways as many more recall him then carol reed. Its truly one amazing performance.

Alida Valli gives us a very convincing performance as Anna Schmidt. Its her very subtitle performance as the girlfriend. She really has a very key role into comforting holly Martin but she ends up in the twisted web herself as she has many secrets hidden away about herself. She wonderfully plays the role in a very wonderful performance that really nails home another outstanding role for this movie.

Trevor Howard wonderfully plays the role of Maj. Calloway. He leads down the chase as we see him and the other cops chasing down holly martin in one of the most infamous scenes of the movie.  We truly see him give such an amazing performance in this wonderfully crafted role.

Bernard Lee as Sgt. Paine really gives us one wonderfully outstanding role as we see him really play this role wonderfully as this wonderful actor of range gives us such a good role on the screen. Everyone else in the cast gives us such outstanding role even the smaller and lesser role as each give us such raw depth to their performances making them really all work to bring to life this world  on the screen. 

Carol Reed and his Academy Award-winning cinematographer, Robert Kraske devised an outstanding cinematography. It shows a world out of joint in chaos that creates unforgettable visual style.   fantastic oblique angles. Wide-angle lenses distort faces and locations. And the bizarre lighting makes the city into an expressionist nightmare. During a stakeout for Lime, a little balloon man wanders onto the scene, and his shadow is a monster as he towers over others as we really believe he is towering and overshadowing everyone. Vienna in “The Third Man is unforgettable as they come as its striking and contrasted form the lovely image we normally see of cities in movies.  This is a striking and wonderfully crafted movie form reel one to its end.

Carol Reed’s tight direction really does come to life with Academy Award-winning cinematographer, Robert Kraske as both of them craft out such a layered expressionist nightmare with such wonderful writing by Graham Greene with each cast member bringing home the lines of the screenplay in its depth and raw and giving more to each performance. We have a very wonderful performance by orison Welles whom overshadows the cast in light. We have a wonderfully rich acting job by Joseph Cotten whom gives us one amazing performance. We have a wonderful roles by Alida Valli and Bernard Lee and Trevor Howard each of whom give us first class acting. Its acting as directed by the wonderfully pitch director carol reed really brings out such rich and complex roles for the cast as we see them all nailing home such wonderful performances with wonderful music by Anton Karas as who can forget the theme of the third man. Its truly an artwork of direction and craft by carol reed.

Of the many movies this one most completely embodies the romance of going to the movies. I saw first form a Blu-ray copy at home as it really captured me truly form the first moment of the movie to its end.  It told a story of existential loss and betrayal. It was weary and knowing, and its glorious style was an act of defiance against the corrupt world it pictured. The Third Man remains one of the finest movies ever crafted to the screen form its wonderful direction to its very wonderful screenplay to its rich and striking  cinematography to its wonderful acting. It’s truly a milestone of movies that hails among the best movies ever made for the screen. It ranks among top British films all time and among the best lists of movies by many lovers of movies worldwide. This is one outstanding classic you should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

Throne of Blood:Shakespeare Transposed

Throne of Blood:Shakespeare Transposed

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TODAY i talk about throne of blood. It is a true classic among movies. A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood, directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare’s definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan.  So today i review this classic masterpice as i start my themed string of reviews honoring Akira Kurosawa.  so to begin this this review.

General Washizu (Toshiro Mifune) and General Miki (Minoru Chiaki) return home after defending Lord Tsuzuki (Takamaru Sasaki) kingdom and Spiderweb Castle from the invading forces.  When they encounter a spirit in the forest (Chieko Naniwa), they learn that Washizu will be lord of Spiderweb castle and Miki’s son will eventually rule Spiderweb Castle.  The prediction creates chaos when Washizu and his wife Asaji (Isuzu Yamada) decide to speed up the prophecy by slaying Lord Tsuzuki and setting off a chain of events that could doom them forever.

Throne of Blood review

Throne of Blood (1957) is described Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of Macbeth which this is not untrue. The film is more than direct cinematic translation of a literary text. Kurosawa’s movie is a brilliant synthesis of diverse cultural, aesthetic, and historical sources, only one skein of which derives from Shakespeare. The film’s towering achievement lies in the way Kurosawa seamlessly integrates these and gives them superlative formal expression. Akira Kurosawa’s often loved to draw upon western ideas and stories and traits of many movies from western cultures in his movies. Noh shows up everywhere in Throne of Blood, making the project a real fusion of cinema and theater and showing just how cinematic theater can be in the hands of a great filmmaker. What is noh? It is a Traditional Japanese theatrical form among one of the oldest extant theatrical forms in the world. Noh—its name derived from nō, meaning “talent. Kurosawa can mix elements form many cultures to use his great talents to act out this story in play-like manner. Kurosawa intuited and explored was with the century of civil war in medieval Japan. Following the Onin War, which lasted from 1467 to 1477 is drawn upon in this movie.

Noh performing style, with its blend of dance, song, poetry, and mime, is antithetical to the realism and naturalism that invests acting in the West. It counters the meaning of Shakespeare’s famous lines in act 3, scene 2 of Hamlet about the actor holding the mirror up to nature. Performances in noh has an actor move in a way that aims that paradoxical way as when an actor moves in a powerful way. They must stamp their foot. Noh performance is a striking blend of stillness and agitation, a mixture of different gestures and tones. It is used in acting throughout the film. It is carried over even into the cinematic design of entire sequences. Way she moves in some scenes is the way an actor moves in noh as they move in and out of the scene. Noh has a trait of using musical introductions into acts it’s the play upon musical cues that intros into the acts of this movie. The acting is quite moving here with such wonderful performances along with a marvelous score and direction with such Powerful symbolism and nature is an actor too.

The acting of this movie is one of the most powerful elements as they are such powerful actors in their own right as they act out the movie. Toshirô Mifune plays an amazing role as Taketoki Washizu as even though he is told to play it down.Being Toshirô Mifune his charm just pours trough it. It’s truly a wonder of an actor to watch play out each scene on screen.

Isuzu Yamada as Lady Asaji Washizu is truly marvelous as she truly plays up the movie to a cue. She was a very long lasting actress in the medium as she been playing in roles since the 1930’s period at this point. She is truly a marvelous actress. Portrayal of Lady Asaji by her is something of a marvelous wonder. She plays it calm and almost indifferent in her cruelty as she has a smile when many things happen. She is a marvelous actress with such range to her performance.

Takashi Shimura as Noriyasu Odagura is marvelous. He is a very wonderful character actor. He was a wonderful actor of Japan for many years playing many wonderful characters. He is able to melt into them so easy. He truly is giving such a wonderful performance. It acting of everyone is just wonderful as they all really make the movie click wonderfully.

This is usually not the case with Akira Kurosawa, but Throne of Blood reflects more of a formalistic style of direction. Akira Kurosawa crafts out with mixing of many elements such a marvelous picture that may play differently than many of his movies of this period. It has many long takes and many other marvelous shots that captures such a wonderful Cinematography which is done by the marvelous Asakazu Nakai whom captures any element so perfectly on camera. The musical score by Masaru Satô is a delightful. It has so many other amazing elements that all come together to craft out such wonderful epic movie.  Kurosawa has fashioned another samurai masterpiece.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

dial m for murder

So today I honor Grace Kelly for the 2nd Wonderful Grace Kelly Blogathon hosted by my good friend  Virginie Pronovost form  the wonderful world of cinema  Thanks to the wonderful host for this wonderful event as I would also suggest you check out others form this wonderful event. So i honor Grace Kelly with a birthday tribute review of dial m for murder.

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In London, wealthy Margot Mary Wendice had a brief love affair with the American writer Mark Halliday while her husband and professional tennis player Tony Wendice was on a tennis tour. Tony quits playing to dedicate to his wife and finds a regular job. She decides to give him a second chance for their marriage. When Mark arrives from America to visit the couple, Margot tells him that she had destroyed all his letters but one that was stolen. Subsequently she was blackmailed, but she had never retrieved the stolen letter. Tony arrives home, claims that he needs to work and asks Margot to go with Mark to the theater. Meanwhile Tony calls Captain Lesgate (aka Charles Alexander Swann who studied with him at college) and blackmails him to murder his wife, so that he can inherit her fortune. But there is no perfect crime, and things do not work as planned(story of movie off imdb.)

Dial M for Murder succeeds on many levels as it is a return to Hitchcock’s murder theme of movies. It stars grace Kelly fresh off her Oscar nominated role in John Ford’s 1953 tale of romance and adventure Mogambo. Ray Milland plays a wonderful role. Grace Kelly plays the Hitchcock role of the ideal Hitchcock woman as this movie brings her to the world in a way unlike her past film before it. She plays a wonderful role in this movie. It’s truly wonderful acting for everyone in the cast.

Dial M for Murder is an adaptation a popular play by Frederick Knott. Frederick Knott writes most of the screenplay, the movie remains extremely faithful to the play as he crafts out a wonderfully screenplay with such captivating twists and many twists and turns that spiced up makes it truly interesting and one of a kind.

It was Hitchcock who finally could allow Kelly’s talent to shine beyond her physical beauty. Grace Kelly makes her character shine with her subtle and restrained performance that makes her really come out of her shell in this movie. Its wonderfully directed by Hitchcock whom crafted out such a wonderful movie. Alfred Hitchcock truly crafts out one overlooked gem that is one is one truly wonderful classic.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

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Happy birthday to grace Kelly.In the storied history of the American cinema few stars shine so brightly as Grace Kelly whom only starred in such a limited number of films yet she truly was one of a kind that managed to be the defined Hitchcock woman. Its amazing she eleven flims in her day. she is the princess of the sliver screen. She also captured the heart of many men in her day. She became European royalty by marrying into it. It’s truly magical as she became a true princess.  She truly was so a very happy birthday to the ever wonderful legend and princess of the sliver screen.

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon is here

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon is here

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The Wonderful World of Cinema:Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara: Movie History’s Most Iconic Character

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Vivien Leigh was a petite classically trained legend of the silver screen.  She remains best-known for her two most successful screen roles as American Southern belles as i have been enchanted by her charms since I saw Vivien Leigh in gone with the wind. Her film career spanned 30 years yet she only starred in 19 films but each role showed us a different facet of her talent that talent earned her two academy award Her life with one of the greatest actors of the stage and screen made her the center of attention for millions. She had repeated illnesses in her lifetime. She still remains unknown to us even today. She said every role she played was a part of her real personality. Vivien Leigh was all of these elements and much more as she was such a wonderful actress of the stage and screen. So to honor her on her birthday with a Blogathon honoring both Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier for her birthday starting now. Check out posts of others taking part. So thankful everyone taking in the second annual event. So happy birthday to Vivien Leigh.

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon

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BLOGATHON RULES: Bloggers are more than welcome to write about any film or topic relating to Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier the Blogathon will be held on November 02 Until November 05 2016. Please send your posts into me on any one of those days. Duplicate entries allowed. So all have fun and join in to honor him. These banners below was created by the wonderful world of cinema. I would love to thank Virginie Pronovost form that blog so much for making them. She is one is one my close friends. I would say check out her wonderful blog if you can too. You can use them for the event if you like.

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Viven Leigh was a petite classically trained legend of the silver screen.  She remains best-known for her two most successful screen roles as American Southern belles as i have been enchanted by her charms since I saw Vivien Leigh in gone with the wind. Her film career spanned 30 years yet she only starred in 19 films but each role showed us a different facet of her talent that talent earned her two academy award Her life with one of the greatest actors of the stage and screen made her the center of attention for millions. She had repeated illnesses in her lifetime. She still remains unknown to us even today. She said every role she played was a part of her real personality. Viven Leigh was all of these elements and much more as she was such a wonderful actress of the stage and screen. So to honor her on her birthday with a Blogathon honoring both Viven Leigh and Laurence Olivier for her birthday. It starts on November 02 lasting to November 05. She truly deserves this honor so join into this event to honor her for her birthday by signing up below to join into the event.

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The Wonderful World of Cinema:Gone with the wind

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood:Wuthering Heights and Storm In A Teacup

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Dbmoviesblog:Gone with wind and Street car named desire

Journey to Italy

A The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon review of Journey to Italy

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Today’s post is a post for The 2nd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon. It is a Blogathon honoring Blogathon as it runs from august 27 to 29 which is her 101th birthday. So happy birthday to  Ingrid Bergman lets honor this amazing actress of great talent. I hope you check out other posts for this event. Thanks to  the wonderful world of cinema. I would love to thank Virginie Pronovost form that blog for creating this wonderful event.

Journey to Italy review

 

This is the movie that Truffaut proclaimed it the first modern film as It stars the first modern actress Ingrid Bergman as i also praise Roberto Rossellini whom created something truly modern to our time now as this movie always is a classic to my eyes. This is the frist modern movie in every sense of the word.

This film is a firm cinematographic study of a couple (played by Ingrid Bergman, Rossellini’s spouse at the time, and George Sanders) with marital problems midst of beautiful Italian landscapes. It examines the nature of marriage and its strain on one self. Its does not feel like a classic movie form this era of movies as it feels so modern as its issues addressed really are issues modern films firmly address now.

Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders lead the show among the actors of this movie as they truly both give us such wonderful performances that really feel so modern and raw with charm and depth that makes one believe they are a married couple going through an understanding of their marriage and their life. Ingrid Bergman convincingly portrays a woman of sophisticated tastes, of intellect and feelings. Her character is the one to be liked and empathized with, particularly at the scene when she talks of her former lover, a poet Charles. He is dead .yet, he seems to be alive in her heart, she follows his traces, she experiences the haunting whispers of the past as this is indeed one of her finest hours on the screen as she truly nails home this character. George Sanders gives us a fine performance for his wonderful role. The supporting cast truly shines as they all give us wonderful roles.

So much of this movie really stands out as the clothing is fabulous on both of them and the hotel and villa used for those scenes are exquisite as they are better than anything that could have been constructed on a sound stage as It feels like the characters are living in a real place. It makes the movie more enduring and timeless and it works. This is richly captured by such lovely cinematography.

Journey to Italy is a prized movie among movie lovers for good reason this is a crowning jewel that captures traits of humanity in such amazing depth with wonderful acting and very wonderful cinematography with locations that are characters in their own right. This is an amazing movie that you should see today.

The Ruth rating: five bette's

 

Ingrid Bergman Birthday tribute

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spellbound review(repost of last years wonderful review part of my artcle.)09a

When Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck) arrives at a Vermont mental hospital to replace the outgoing hospital director, Dr. Constance Peterson (Ingrid Bergman), a psychoanalyst, discovers Edwardes is actually an impostor. The man confesses that the real Dr. Edwardes is dead and fears he may have killed him, but cannot recall anything. Dr. Peterson, however is convinced his impostor is innocent of the man’s murder, and joins him on a quest to unravel his amnesia through psychoanalysis.

Spellbound is one of several psychological thrillers produced in the 1940s when psychoanalysis was all the rage. The film came out of producer David O. Selznick’s desire to spread the word about psychoanalysis as he suggested it to Hitchcock to direct the movie. David O. Selznick wanted much of the film to be based on his experiences in psychotherapy. He even brought his psychotherapist in on the set to be a technical advisor. Once when she disputed a point of fact with Alfred Hitchcock on how therapy works, Hitchcock said, “My dear, it’s only a movie. This movie was part the rage of psychoanalysis which was the rage in Hollywood at the time period of this movie.

Spellbound is one of Hitchcock’s most underrated movies all time as this movie is overlooked for many other classic movies. It has a plot that is harder to evaluate as it is based upon the ideas of psychoanalysis.

Gregory Peck plays an amnesia patient(Gregory Peck)who is believed to be a psychotic killer as he truly plays the role greatly as ever. Ingrid Bergman plays Dr. Constance Petersen a psychoanalyst at Green Manors as she truly plays the role greatly in this Hitchcock classic movie as she plays polar to her gaslight role which she really had almost won an Oscar for that role as she plays it tame in this role yet she is just as wonderful. Its acting by the two lead cast members is very great as this movie is highly underrated The supporting cast all play great roles as they play part in this psychological thriller. It has great Cinematography by George Barnes who shoots this movie very sharply as ever. Music by Miklós Rózsa is great too.

The psychoanalysis theme plays out in this movie in many ways as the idea of locked doors of the mind. The dream sequence is one of those touches. It really uses the idea of Freudian dream interpretation, guilt complexes, and the miraculous power of psychoanalysis to pull us along into the movie along the way. Its acting-direction-music-cinematography all really work great in this psychological thriller gem of a movie. It’s a great movie that is very underrated by many people. I hope You watch this classic gem soon

The Ruth rating: five bette's

Ingrid Bergman was quite remarkable an actress whom  She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and the Tony Award for Best Actress. A BAFTA Award. She won so many awards and praise for her acting its unreal as she was one of the best actresses to grace the screen ever. She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute. There will never be anyone quite like Ingrid Bergman whom was an outstanding actress that could do roles with depth and skill. She was one of a kind in acting. A Jewel of an actress. I really loved reviewing Journey to Italy and honoring this jewel of actress for her birthday. Happy 101th birthday to the wonderful  Ingrid Bergman.

Vertigo:A tale of obsession

Vertigo:A tale of obsession                                  https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigestvertigo-alfred-hitchcock-865414_1024_768Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO is a movie that a film which functions on multiple levels simultaneously. One of the many movies that Hitchcock did in his lifetime was vertigo. It was not considered much of a masterpiece at the time. Vertigo is often considered Hitchcock’s most personal and emotional and complex of his movies. It is a tale of obsession that is Hitchcock’s best movie to my eyes.

The opening shot of vertigo has a woman’s lips then an eye as it’s a close up of a human eye as its A spinning hypnotic shape emerges from the eye with hypnotic music tells people they are about to be transported into another world. Scottie(James Stewart) is chasing down someone on a rooftop as it results in death of a policeman which leads to his retirement form the police force. detective John “Scottie” Ferguson retires. Scottie tries to conquer his fear, but his friend and ex-fiancée Midge Wood says that another severe emotional shock may be the only cure as he is trying to overcome his fear of vertigo form his last time as a detective. Its starts off this classic movie of obsession Scottie is asked to follow Madeleine(Kim Novak). This starts off the classic tale of vertigo.

Vertigo is a tale of two halves. It starts out as a ghost story as Once the prologue has introduced us to Ferguson’s fear of heights we start to enter into a dreamlike begining as we have Scottie tailing down Madeleine whom is convinced she is a reincarnation of Carlotta Valdes her grandmother. He follows her to a florist then to the the Mission San Francisco de Asís and the grave of Carlotta Valdes, and to an art museum where she gazes at the Portrait of Carlotta. He watches her enter the McKittrick Hotel, but on investigation she does not seem to be there as she is staring into space as she seems out of it. She truly does seem like she is in a daze. The next day we learn that it is believed she is possessed by Carlotta Valdes whom tragically committed suicide.

She is saved by Scottie at far point. It’s when they kiss at his apartment then the next day we see him and her hang out falling to her death. It then begins a tale of obsession as the film shifts into darker territory. As Scottie really does seem obsessed with her as he is visiting spots she visited as one day he meets he One day, he notices a woman who reminds him of Madeleine, despite her different appearance.

Scottie follows her and she identifies herself as Judy Barton, from Salina, Kansas. A flashback reveals her as Madeleine Elster as part of a murder plot. Gavin had deliberately taken advantage of Scottie’s acrophobia to substitute his wife’s freshly killed body in the apparent “suicide jump”. But Judy rips up the letter and continues the charade, because she loves Scottie. Scottie remains obsessed with Madeleine often having her dress as Madeleine to change clothes to please Scottie and his obsession. Hoping they find happiness together. She then wears the necklace as he insists she recreates the events at the mission as she is pushed off to her death again in a repeat of events. Its a tale of obsession that has nods to Dante’s inferno and feverish dreams take control with many different notions of color being played upon in its feverish dreamlike manner. It is a tale of obsession with an spine tingling ending. It’s a wonderful journey that Hitchcock and its crew took us upon in this classic gem.

Vertigo is a magnificent form the opening credits to its ending. Saul Bass’s title prepares us brilliantly for the movie which is about to unfold upon us. Bernard Herrmann’s musical score as the music is probably more important here than in most films, let alone most Hitchcock films. Because for most of the first half of the film and a great deal of the second half, it is without dialogue. In fact Kim Novak does not have a spoken line until about 48 minutes into the little more than 2 hour feature. She’s under James Stewart’s surveillance and the whole story of his growing obsession with her is told through his facial expressions and through Bernard Herrmann’s music. Bernard Herrmann’s score perfectly captures each mood of the movie as it elements of each part of this movie is captured wonderfully by Bernard Herman’s score if u turn off voice channel and watch it silent you will be amazed at how much it tells the story alone. The scene where the music helps with the flashes of green to reveal a girl of the past truly captures such a moment that reveals a truth. The musical score of Bernard Herrmann may be among his finest ever crafted.

The Cinematography by Robert Burks is one of the finest ever crafted to film as it captures San Francisco as it richly captures the city in such richness and depth. There is color filters that does many tricks such the changing of colors on many scenes in a feverish way is part of this movie. Its richly deep and dreamlike cinematography which richly captures the city in all its glory and beauty as the city by the bay never looked more lovely then it’s being shot in this movie. The famous zooming-in, dollying-out technique and an animated dream sequence. The dazzling imagery could be seen as prefiguring the influence of psychedelia a decade later, although really it is perhaps only the logical extension of the German Expressionist style. It’s only really an updated version of the superimposing of images and casting of shadows in films by Fritz Lang and FW Murnau and many noir classics before this movie coming into a modern feel. or this reason Hitchcock could be called one of the truest heirs of the German Expressionist movement, and not just for the psychological angle. It’s one of the best psychological thrillers ever crafted out on screen.

Jimmy Stewart gives a terrific performance in the role of Scottie a man recognizing his own limits, suffering by his acrophobia as When he is given the chance to pursue this enigmatic woman it give his life a new meaning. It’s such wonderful role that really does nail home an an accurate portrait of an annoyed human being searching for the unattainable. He is a pragmatic man dealing with events in the light of his intuition. I would say this performance is such a fine performance by such a wonderful actor. Kim Novak is so delicate as Madeleine as she gives us a fine perfomance as the defining Hitchcock blonde. This is truly a wonderful performance. The acting is top notch by everyone in the cast as they give such fine performances.

The direction by Hitchcock is truly a wonder. He crafted out one of the finest thrillers all time with such a tale that has so many layers and depths to it. It is Hitchcock’s finest directed and crafted out movie as he truly made this one of his most personal ever crafted out for screen with wonderful actors to match his wonderful direction. This to me is hitch’s finest movie he ever directed on the screen.

Jimmy Stewart plays the biggest anti-hero of his career and Kim Novak whose stunning beauty and exceptional personalities shine through this dark film. Barbara Bel Geddes provides great support as well. Everything about this film truly is marvelous form its cinematography, the story, the depth,acting,music all coming together to make this wonderfully crafted out marvel of a movie that stands among the best movies of all time. Vertigo is a masterpiece.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's